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What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints among adults and some studies have shown that almost 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point in their life.  Most cases of back pain are caused by overuse or a muscle strain and the good news is that most cases of back pain will subside on their own after rest and temporary activity modification.

When back pain does not subside for weeks and interferes with daily activities, it is then known as chronic back pain.  This is when you should seek the expertise of one of the Board Certified Spine Specialists at OSS Health to determine the underlying cause of chronic back pain. Also, it is important to make an appointment if you begin to experience pain, numbness or tingling in the buttocks, legs or feet as this may be a sign of a more serious condition.

Chronic back pain can be the result of damage to the spinal discs or the vertebrae.  Proper examination and testing from a Board Certified Spine Specialist at OSS Health is the most effective way to determine what is causing the pain.

Common causes of chronic back can be the result of underlying conditions including:

  • Herniated, bulging or slipped spinal discs
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal bone spurs
  • Spinal arthritis
  • A pinched nerve in the lumbar spine
  • Spondylosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Facet Joint Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal fractures

The Spine Team at OSS Health has helped thousands of patients with chronic back pain return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is Back Pain Treated at OSS Health?

At OSS Health, our multidisciplinary Spine Team consists of Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists, Spine Surgeons and Physical Therapists – each of whom collaborate to decide the best treatment plan for you based on your unique condition and lifestyle.

At OSS Health, we offer the latest in non-surgical as well as minimally invasive treatment options for chronic back pain, including:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Injection Therapy
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Surgery

In most cases, we begin with the most conservative treatment options and only recommend surgery if back pain does not respond to these conservative treatments.

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