Back pain can go from being a minor inconvenience to a debilitating problem that makes it nearly impossible to perform daily duties. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we understand that back pain gets in the way of enjoying your life and have dedicated ourselves to helping our clients find the best and most effective treatment to treat their back pain. Our award-winning spine surgeons and expert medical team are leaders in the field who offer personalized care because we understand that everyone’s pain and conditions are unique.
As one of the leading facilities of minimally invasive treatments, NJ Spine & Orthopedics helps patients find the least invasive approach to their condition so they can return to their lives with little to no hospital time. Our goal is to help you find much-needed pain relief so you can regain the quality of life you love.
Why You May Be Experiencing Back Pain
If you find yourself experiencing back pain, you are not alone. Back pain is one of the main reasons people call off work and reach out to their primary care physician. Most people in the U.S. will experience some level of back pain in their lifetime. However, as common as back pain is, pinpointing the source of the pain can sometimes be challenging. There are numerous reasons a person may be experiencing back pain, but some of the most common causes of back pain include:
Most people are not taught how to properly lift or move the body to prevent injury, leading to many accidental muscle strains. Repeated heavy lifting or awkward movements strain the back muscles and spinal ligaments. A minor error in how we bend, twist, or move the spine can lead to damage that results in pain.
Maintaining a good posture is challenging. Not many of us are hyper-aware of how we’re standing or sitting at every moment of the day. However, how we stand or sit impacts our spine’s health. It’s important to be cautious of our alignment to prevent future problems.
The spine’s vertebrae have cushions known as discs between them that help absorb the shock of the body’s movement. When those discs are damaged, it can lead to pain.
Arthritis or chronic joint inflammation can impact your back, causing discomfort or extreme pain.
Scoliosis refers to irregular curving of the spine. The spine can curve to the side, forward, and back, and it can occur anywhere along the spinal column. Irregular curving of the spine causes the muscles to strain, leading to the pain one feels.
The stress one feels throughout the day can manifest itself physically. When you’re stressed, your muscles tighten, and that tightness remains throughout the day. By addressing your emotional stress, you can help improve the back pain you feel.
What Factors Increase the Risk of Back Pain?
Anyone can develop back pain at any point in their lives, especially if they experience trauma that impacts and injuries their back. However, certain factors can increase someone’s chances of developing back pain. Factors that may put you at greater risk of developing back pain include:
- Age: The older one gets, the likelihood of experiencing back pain increases.
- Lack of exercise: Unused or undeveloped muscles in your back and abdomen may become weak over time, leading to back pain.
- Excessive weight: When someone is overweight, the extra stress on the back leads to pain.
- Diseases: Some conditions such as cancer can contribute to back pain.
- Improper lifting: Lifting improperly leads to strained or pulled muscles or ligaments that cause pain.
- Psychological conditions: People suffering from depression or anxiety are often at great risk of back pain.
- Smoking: Smoking has many negative effects on the body, including a decrease in blood flow to the spine increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
While there are factors that increase someone’s chances of experiencing back pain, there are also preemptive measures one can take to prevent back pain.
- Exercising regularly: Even a daily thirty-minute walk can significantly improve your health.
- Building muscle strength and flexibility
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
Furthermore, being aware of how you’re moving your body can reduce the chances of developing back problems. When sitting, standing, or lifting, it’s essential to be aware of your posture so you’re not accidentally or unnecessarily hurting yourself.
Should I See a Doctor for My Back Pain?
Since back pain is so common and many of us experience some level of back pain, it can be challenging to know when to seek professional help. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to contact a spine specialist:
- Pain that persists for more than a few weeks
- Chronic pain that isn’t relieved with rest, at-home care, or over-the-counter medication
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the buttocks or one or both legs
- Severe pain and muscles spasms that interfere with daily activities
- Pain accompanied by a fever
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bowel or bladder problems
Chronic and severe back pain affects someone’s quality of life and can signify a larger health issue. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, speak with a spine specialist who can help find the source of the pain and prevent further damage to your spinal health.
NJ Spine & Orthopedic Can Help With Your Back Pain Relief
NJ Spine & Orthopedic is committed to delivering the highest quality medical treatment to eliminate the pain, discomfort, and dysfunction of numerous back and neck conditions. Our dedicated team of experienced, board-certified orthopedic specialists, physicians, neurologists, and neurosurgeons work together to provide personalized care to treat our patients’ specific spine and back conditions. We are proud to combine advanced technology, minimally invasive techniques, and a patient-centered approach to ensure our patients get the best outcome possible with the lowest recovery time for your specific situation.