Understanding the Ways that Spinal Challenges Can Lead to Chronic Back Pain
What’s the most frequent source of pain in your body? Most likely, it’s associated with your back and your spine. Whether you’re standing, sitting, moving around or lying down, your back is usually involved in some way. It’s truly the core of your body, with the central command center (the central nervous system) running up and down the middle. Unfortunately, there are many ways you can cause trauma to your back, often leading to chronic pain:
- Herniated or slipped discs—Your discs are made of a soft tissue that provides cushioning between bones and joints. Unfortunately, repetitive motions and general wear and tear can cause a disc to deteriorate. A herniated disc usually involves a crack in the cartilage on the outside of the disc and is typically more serious than a bulging disc.
- Degenerative disc disease—Sometimes, the discs tear or shrink, leaving little or no protection between your bones
- A pinched nerve—You have bundles of nerves that run through your spinal column. Occasionally, a bone spur (typically a jagged growth on a bone) or a herniated disc can put pressure on a nerve.
- Spinal stenosis—As they age, many people experience a narrowing of the spinal canal. This tends to put more pressure on your spine and on the nerves along the spinal cord, often leading to pain or numbness.
- Inflammation—This can be caused by a variety of factors, from arthritis to infection, or even pregnancy. With inflammation, there’s a swelling that can put additional pressure on nerves and nerve endings.
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