Low back pain is a condition that afflicts more than 50% of the working population annually. Low back pain can have many different etiologies and be referred to by many different names accordingly. Some of these include:
Lumbar Facet Syndrome
At Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy, our staff of physicians is well equipped and trained in finding the root cause of your condition. Once an accurate diagnosis is established specific treatment protocols are applied to achieve the quickest positive results.
Causes of Back Pain
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, irritate joints, and pinch nerves, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest movements, for example, picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.
Back injuries are a part of everyday life, and the spine is quite good at dealing with these often “pulled” muscles. These very minor injuries usually heal within 1 or 2 days. Some pain, however, continues. Researchers suspect that the reasons may include stress, mood changes, and inactivity due to the fear of further injury. In addition, sometimes a painful injury or disease changes the way the pain signals are sent through the body, and, even after the problem has gone away or is inactive, the pain signals still reach the brain. It is as if the pain develops a memory that keeps being replayed.
Will Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?
Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. The study demonstrated that in more than 33% of the people who experience low back pain, the pain lasts for more than 30 days. Only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later. 1
Another study looked at all of the available research on the natural history of low-back pain. The results showed that when it is ignored, back pain does not go away on its own, but continues to affect people for long periods after it first begins.2
If you suffer from chronic low back pain, don’t delay and schedule an appointment (847-222-9060) to see one of our experts and get on the path to recovery.
1. Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Engberg M, Lauritzen T, Bruun NH, Manniche C. The course of low-back pain in a general population. Results from a 5-year prospective study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003 May; 26(4):213-9.
2. Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Manniche C. Low-back pain: what is the long-term course? A review of studies of general patient populations. Eur Spine J 2003 Apr;12(2):149-65