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Lower Back Pain NYC
Chronic or severe lower back pain can make leading a normal life seem nearly impossible. The pain is unrelenting; it doesn't seem to give a moment's rest. From the time you wake up to the time you lie down to bed, there is pain. It makes you feel trapped. But don't despair. Living Well Medical in NYC takes a conservative approach to lower back pain care that can effectively resolve symptoms and causes without surgery.
There are many possible causes for lower back pain that include overuse, strain, and injury to muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the structures of the spine. These problems can lead to a state of constant tension in the lower back, possible nerve impingement, and an increased risk of re-injury. In addition to overuse and injury to muscles, ligaments, facet and sacroiliac joints, there are also disc-related conditions that lead to painful pressure on the spinal nerves. Below you will find a number of medical problems that often result in lower back pain.
A herniated disc is caused by repeated or sudden, heavy strain on the supporting structures of the spine. Between each vertebra in the spine is a cartilaginous disc that contains a soft inner nucleus and a harder outer annulus. Gravity, strain, and age-related dehydration of the disc can eventually cause a tear in the annulus where the soft nucleus begins to protrude, compressing the sciatic nerve roots. The herniated nucleus material will generally cause inflammation and irritation of spinal nerves with which it comes into contact.
The end result is typically severe low back pain that radiates into regions impacted by the impinged nerve roots like the legs, buttocks, ankles and feet. Other sensory problems can include tingling, numbness, paralysis, muscular weakness, parasthesia, and weakened reflexes.
Osteoarthritis of the spine is a degenerative disease that affects the facet joints of the spine and the intervertebral discs. The condition is characterized by a degeneration of cartilage coating the ends of the bones in a given joint. With spinal osteoarthritis, the smooth cartilage that coats the spinal joints gradually deteriorates. Bones are unable to move smoothly when they are impeded by roughened cartilage and the result is irritation and damage to the bone, possibly causing bone spurs. As the joints degenerate, the discs between the vertebrae lose their ability to absorb shock. Discs will lose height and dehydrate over time, which can increase the risk of a herniated disc.
Spine osteoarthritis symptoms usually manifest as back and/or neck pain and stiffness in the early morning, gradually improving through the day, then deteriorating later in the day. Many sufferers reduce their activity, believing it will worsen the condition. Living Well Medical can help you manage osteoarthritis pain the non-surgical way as part of a complete pain management and relief program.
Spinal stenosis is a condition defined by the narrowing of the spinal canal caused by excessive bone growth, thickening of ligaments or cartilage, or a herniated disc. This narrowing can squeeze and irritate the spinal cord or nerve roots, causing pain and inflammation. The condition is typically caused by the degeneration of tissues that occurs during the normal aging process.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include back pain, numbness or weakness in the legs, feet, or buttocks. Often, these symptoms can get worse if the back is stretched or extended, such as when a person is walking downhill, leaning backwards, or standing straight. The pain is momentarily alleviated when the spine is flexed forward, such as when a person is sitting, leaning forward, or walking uphill.
Scoliosis describes an abnormal curvature of the spine that can manifest as a single curve (C shape) or two curves (S shape). Scoliosis usually develops in the upper back or in the area between the upper and lower back. The condition can be caused by congenital, developmental or degenerative problems, but in most cases there is no known cause.
The type of scoliosis related to degenerative problems, also known as "adult scoliosis", can lead to back pain. The pain is mainly a result of degeneration in the joints, often leading to arthritis. Back pain typically comes on gradually and usually follows activity. The pain tends to most severe in the morning and then levels off during mid-day and finally worsening late in the day. Typically, staying in a seated or forward-leaning position will reduce pain temporarily.
Sciatica is not a condition in itself, but rather a group of symptoms that result from compression or irritation of one of five nerve roots connected to the sciatic nerve. These symptoms include pain that is typically felt in the lower back, buttocks, and or various parts of the legs and feet. In addition to pain, other symptoms may appear as numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles, tingling, and paralysis. Some causes of sciatica include spinal disc herniation, misaligned vertebrae (spondylolisthesis), or degenerated discs.
For even the most painful and severe conditions, Living Well Medical in Manhattan, NYC has a comprehensive line of non-invasive treatments for low back pain. Whether related to the muscles, joints, ligaments, or support structures like the spinal discs, we can create a pain relief program that can put you on the road to recovery. Incorporating treatments like chiropractic, physical therapy, cold laser therapy, medical massage, the Graston Technique or pain management (from our expert with over 20 years of experience), your custom treatment plan will target the root causes of your pain. For improved ergonomics and posture in the workplace and at home, we can also recommend chairs that provide postural support and mattresses that won't aggravate an aching back. With expert advice and treatment at our Downtown Manhattan office, you can regain the quality of life that has been missing.
Make the choice for pain-free living and take back control of your life. Living Well Medical in NYC help patients with lower back pain rediscover what it feels like to be free from pain.