About Back Pain

Back Facts
Back Anatomy
Causes of Low Back Pain
Treatment Options

Back Facts

The epidemic of back pain is enormous: It's a $44 billion industry, the leading workers' comp injury, the leading reason for disability for people under the age of 45, it will strike 90% of all American adults, and it's the second-leading surgical procedure. In addition:

  • 80-90% of all adults will suffer with low back pain some time in their life.
  • On any given day 6.5 million people are in bed because of back pain.
  • 5.4 million Americans are disabled annually due to back pain.
  • An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain.
  • 5-10% of low back pain becomes chronic.
  • Only 20% of all back surgeries are successful after 2 years.
  • The total number of spine surgeries in the U.S. approaches 500,000 per year.
  • An estimated $45 - 54 billion is spent on the treatment of low back pain per year.

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Back Anatomy

The spinal column (or vertebral column) extends from the skull to the pelvis and is made up of 33 individual bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are stacked on top of each other and group into four regions:

back pain imageThe spinal column is one of the most vital parts of the human body, supporting our trunks and making all of our movements possible. When the spine is injured and its function is impaired the consequences can be painful and even disabling. According to estimates, 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime. A small number of patients will develop chronic or degenerative spinal disorders that can be disabling.

Fortunately, most low back pain is acute, and will resolve itself in three days to six weeks with or without treatment. If pain and symptoms persist for longer than 3 months to a year, the condition is considered chronic.

The anatomy of the spinal column is extremely well designed to serve many functions. All of the elements of the spinal column and vertebrae serve the purpose of protecting the spinal cord, which provides communication to the brain. It also provides mobility and sensation in the body through the complex interaction of bones, ligaments and muscle structures of the back and the nerves that surround it. The back is also the powerhouse for the entire body, supporting our trunks and making all of the movements of our head, arms, and legs possible.

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Causes of Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is generally the result of poor back-muscle tone, muscle tension or spasms, back sprains, tears in ligaments or muscles, and joint problems. Sometimes a bulging or slipped disk can cause irritation to the nerves leaving the spinal cord. Such irritation can cause pain in the buttocks or legs, as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs.

Causes of back pain can be very complex, and can result from any of the following conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc herniation/bulging
  • Discitis
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Trauma
  • And More

The doctors at New Century Spine Centers has treated thousands of patients with back pain due to various causes such as disc injuries, muscle spasms, misaligned vertebrae, sprains and strains, and more. His thorough examination and attention to detail will ensure that you get the proper treatment for your back condition.

Very rarely, low back pain is caused by an underlying condition that requires medical attention, such as neurological disease, cancer, or infection. When this happens, back pain appears together with specific additional symptoms. It then becomes necessary to seek medical attention.

These symptoms are as follows:

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Pain so severe that you are unable to move
  • Numbness in the groin or rectal area
  • Extreme weakness in one or both legs
  • Fever just before the pain started
  • Recent serious illness that required treatment
  • Pain that awakens you

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A thorough evaluation, along with diagnostic testing procedures should be performed prior to beginning any therapy. This will determine the treatment process that will be most effective.

At New Century Spine Centers, a thorough evaluation may involve a computerized back pain test (completely painless and will help determine where the problem area is), a complete postural analysis (posture often conveys the problem areas of the spine), x-rays (if necessary), and electrodiagnostic testing. "The doctors at New Century Spine Centers"'s thorough evaluation will also include a series of questions related to the problem area, as well as sufficient time to ensure that all your questions are answered. When the evaluation is complete, "The doctors at New Century Spine Centers" will determine if you are a candidate for spinal decompression treatment and chiropractic care. Options will be discussed with you and if you are not a candidate for chiropractic care or spinal decompression therapy, you will be referred to a specialist who can help you with your condition.

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Treatment Options in Our Clinic

When you're in pain, getting the right treatment is what's most important. At New Century Spine Centers, we offer a variety of non-surgical, pain-relieving therapies to provide you with the best treatment for your specific condition. Whether it's a simple strain or a chronic disc problem, we'll locate the cause of your pain and prescribe the best course of treatment. Over 85% of our patients report less pain following treatment, and that's comforting.

Although we offer advanced state-of-the-art treatment and therapy equipment, we're also conservative. Only safe and effective techniques are used, so you can concentrate on getting better without dangerous side effects. Our goal is to relieve the source of your pain, so you can start enjoying a pain-free life.

We offer comprehensive treatment for most painful conditions. Our advanced treatment for pain utilize safe and effective therapies to target the source of your pain and return you to an active lifestyle.

We offer the following therapeutic services:

  • ABS Spinal Decompression Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Laser Therapy
  • Water (Hydrotherapy) Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Electro-Muscle Stimulation
  • Interferential Therapy
  • Spinal traction
  • Micro-Current
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stretching Classes
  • And More

Come visit us today and see how comfortable our pain relief treatment center makes you feel, and which therapy is right for you. We are happy to answer any of your questions. You can reach us at 619-630-5193.

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