The back and spinal cord are involved in just about every movement a human makes. Even in something as simple as lying down or walking, the spinal cord plays an integral part in our ability to accomplish the activity.

Those who participate in sports or have occupations that require great physical exertion and heavy lifting are aware of how important the back and spinal cord are to their everyday activities. So, when acute back pain or chronic back pain develops, it can be debilitating and prevent individuals from remaining active.

Back pain, though, is not the same for every person and can vary in intensity and frequency depending on the circumstances. An athlete who sustained an injury to the spinal cord may experience severe pain relieved through pain treatment. Others, however, may have a condition such as degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, which may not be as intense at first but grows worse over time.

At the medical office of Dr. Daniel Possley, our experienced orthopedic surgeon can identify the type of back pain you are feeling, figure out the source of the pain such as a herniated disc or bone spurs, and develop a customized pain treatment plan for your situation. Contact us today to set up an appointment with our back pain expert!

Pain in the Spinal Cord Is a Challenge

When it comes to brain and spinal cord issues, it is often difficult for the brain to differentiate between pain from a serious injury and chronic back pain. The spinal cord, though, protects the important elements of the central nervous system, so any back pain, neck pain, or radiating leg pain needs to be addressed as soon as possible by a medical professional.

If left unchecked, many forms of back pain will continue to worsen over time. Some issues can and will dissipate on their own (for instance, if you slept in an awkward position and woke up with minor back pain), but you should not rely on this. Without proper treatment such as physical therapy, back pain can permanently damage the spinal cord or nerve roots.

Types of Back Pain

There are several different kinds of back pain, and each of them has a variety of causes. Patients may have injured the large muscles that support the spinal cord, spinal nerves that run from the spinal cord to the legs, facet joints connecting the vertebrae, or the intervertebral discs that offer shock absorption for your bones.

Below are some of the most common types of back pain for which Dr. Daniel Possley can provide treatment and pain relief:

Axial: Acute Low Back Pain

Axial pain is a type of back pain generally localized to one spot or region in the back. Also known as mechanic pain, it can be sharp or dull, constant or throbbing, and even unnoticeable at times. You may feel axial back pain if you have a muscle strain or issues with the facet joints.

Referred Pain

If you have a chronic low back pain condition such as degenerative disc disease, you may experience referred pain. It is often dull and achy, and the “referred” part of the name means that the pain usually occurs in other areas like the hips or posterior thighs. This can make diagnosing the back pain difficult since you are feeling pain in other areas.

Radicular Pain: Sciatic Nerve Pain from Herniated Disc

Sciatic nerve pain or radiculopathy is commonly caused by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. The pain you feel here will be searing or shocking to your spinal cord because it is due to compression and inflammation of the spinal nerve root. If located in the lower back (lumbar spine), this form of pain will often travel into your legs.

Thoracic Vertebrae Pain

The thoracic vertebrae region is often referred to as the “upper back” area, and this portion of the spine connects to the rib cage. Because the ribs protect the heart and lungs, injuries or pain in the thoracic spine can also potentially damage the cardiopulmonary system in addition to the musculoskeletal system. Some common symptoms of thoracic spine issues include:

Fever

Chills

Weight loss with no obvious cause

Spinal deformity

Nerve pain

Tingling or numbness in the legs

Serious stiffness

A traumatic situation such as a car accident or sports injury often results in thoracic spine issues. Other risk factors include age (younger than 20 or older than 50) or the onset of a chronic condition.

Middle Back Pain

Middle back pain is often lumped together with thoracic spine issues, but it does have a specific region in which to occur. For pain experienced below the rib cage but above the lumbar spine, you can consider that middle back. Risk factors include pregnancy, weight gain, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, stress, anxiety, and smoking.

Contact Us to Discuss Pain Relief in the Spinal Canal

If you are suffering with acute low back pain, sciatic pain, issues with the lumbar vertebrae, or any other concerns with your spinal column, contact our professional orthopedic surgeon at the medical office of Dr. Daniel Possley to discuss your symptoms.

Our medical team is here to help relieve pain caused by many spinal problems or even neurological disorders. We will use state-of-the-art technology and the most up-to-date techniques to diagnose trauma such as vertebral compression fractures and develop a customized pain relief plan for you, including nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment.

There is no reason that you should suffer from a serious medical problem that is causing you back pain. We are ready and able to help you get back into your normal life and do things that make you happy. Contact Dr. Daniel Possley in Colorado today to schedule your appointment.

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