Back pain among Bergen County residents, or any place for that matter, must be taken seriously. After all, back pain can really mess up anyone’s daily routine and activities, not only because it hinders movement, but also because it has an effect on a person’s mood, concentration, and the like. Chronic back pain can, in fact, negatively affect a person’s quality of life.
It doesn’t just stop there. Back pain is also related to a wide array of other conditions. Some of these spring up as a natural progression of the pain. In other cases, the pain is a symptom of a more severe condition. Spine-Health, a website dedicated to providing information for back pain and related topics, lists down these conditions, which include arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, sciatica, spinal stenosis, fractures, deformities, and injuries. Back pain is also associated with depression. Pain may start at the lower back, then extend to the upper back and neck, or down to the back of the legs. When pain lasts or regularly comes back within three months, then it is considered chronic pain.
Lumbar Herniated Disc
For medical purposes, the lower back is composed of the region from below the ribcage and up from the tailbone. This is also referred to as the lumbar region. One of the common conditions that cause severe and chronic back pain happens in this region – the lumbar herniated disc. WebMD lists some factors that increase a person’s risks to developing herniated disc in the lumbar region. There is good news and bad news about this.
The good news is that many factors that lead to this condition can be controlled as they involve human habits that may be changed. They include frequent long periods of sitting, repeated twisting or bending of the back, sudden strenuous exercise after a lengthy period of inactivity, and even smoking.
The bad news is that there are also factors that you can’t control such as the inborn shape of the spine, or a necessary prior back surgery.
Whichever the case, when you suffer from back pain, there are many treatment options that you can consider. In particular, look into the services of Bergen County back pain relief experts, like Dr. Ali Mazandarani from MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, and learn what treatment plan may be best for you. Treatments range from physical therapy and Brain Based Neurological Therapy to Functional Medicine and Endocrinology. These are non-invasive techniques that you may want to consider before resorting to other procedures, such as surgery.
(Pain Conditions Health Center, Spine-Health, undated)
(Lumbar Herniated Disc – What Increases Your Risk, WebMD, undated)