Why Your Back Hurts
Spinal Decompression Therapy, first approved by the FDA in 2001, has since evolved into a cost-effective treatment for herniated and degenerative spinal discs; one of the major causes of back pain and neck pain.
Of course your spine could be normal in every way and become injured in a fall, accident, or sports injury. Just as often, however, weaknesses from lesser, earlier injuries accumulate and compound as the years go by so that eventually the simplest of movements - for example, bending over to pick up your shoes from the floor - can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, lack of exercise, weight gain, and even psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Most back pain is mechanical in nature. Less frequently back pain can also directly result from medical pathology such as kidney stones, infections, blood clots, bone loss (osteoporosis), and others. A complete history and a thorough examination can rule in or rule out a wide range of possibilities.
The possible causes of nerve disorders in the human body number literally hundreds but may be divided roughly into 7 categories as follows:
By far the most common of these that result in neck pain radiating into the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand or lower back pain radiating into the buttock, hip, leg, or foot is direct physical pressure. When a patient suffering from a ''bad back'' receives a diagnosis of ''pinched nerve'' the doctor is referring to direct physical pressure as the cause of the nerve pain.
A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied for too long to a nerve by surrounding tissues—such as by bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal discs or (rarely) tumor. Everyone has at one time or another applied too much pressure to the "funny bone" in their elbow which is actually the ulnar nerve. This physical pressure disrupts the nerve's function causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. Too much pressure applied for too long to a nerve along the spine results in much the same sensations.
Of the 7 broad categories resulting in nerve dysfunction only one - direct physical pressure - is properly referred to as a pinched nerve. The most common reasons for the direct physical pressure are as a result of the changes occurring with degenerative disc disease (DDD) and/or degenerative joint disease (DJD). Nerve pain resulting from direct physical pressure is called an entrapment neuropathy because the nerve is trapped or pinched by some structure. This term helps to distinguish them from neuropathies resulting from infection or disease.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Michael L. Hall, D.C. practices at Triangle Disc Care in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in Spinal Decompression for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and back pain due to herniated, degenerated discs.
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