What is the cause of back pain?

The human back consists of several interconnected regions, each susceptible to its own set of discomforts and ailments. Understanding these various regions is essential for effectively addressing back pain.

Back pain is a common ailment arising from various factors. Lifestyle may play a significant role and include obesity, prolonged periods of sitting, strenuous exercise, sports activities, or a lack of proper exercise and stretching. Occupational hazards that involve excessive lifting, pushing, or twisting can contribute to severe or debilitating back pain.

Upper back/neck pain

Starting with the upper back/neck, often referred to as the cervical spine, it encompasses 7 spinal vertebrae, denoted as C1 to C7, along with the associated muscles and ligaments. In the neck/upper  back, damage or irritation to these structures can result in discomfort.

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Mid-back pain

Mid-back pain, in particular, can be caused by various factors such as poor posture, muscle strain, or an underlying medical condition. It's essential to address mid-back pain promptly, as the discomfort interferes with your daily activities and overall quality of life.
Your thoracic spine, or mid-back, includes 12 spinal vertebrae, T1 to T12 along with muscles and ligaments. 

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Lower back pain

The lumbar spine is located in the lower back consisting of five vertebrae, known as L1 to L5. They are larger, thicker and more block-like bones than other spine vertebrae providing the main support system for the weight of your body. When you walk, run, sit, lift or move your body in any direction all of the muscles and ligaments attached to the thoracic and lumbar spine are activated. Damage or irritation to any of these muscles and ligaments can lead to pain, which may affect one side more than the other.

Types of back pain

Pain stemming from the muscles or soft tissues can manifest as sharp pain, throbbing, or spasms, while nerve-related problems may result in burning sensations, shooting pain, tingling, or numbness. Age-related factors can also lead to back pain, as the connective tissues supporting the bones may become stiff and more susceptible to injury over time.

At Premier Orthopaedic Associates, our renowned back and spine care specialists have treated patients from all around the United States and the world. We excel in addressing a wide range of back and spine conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Spine Pain
  • Cervical Spine Pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Thoracic Spine Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Vertebrae Fractures

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Treatments for back pain

If you're experiencing chronic back pain or dealing with a spine condition that hinders your daily life, we encourage you to seek the expertise of our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians. Whether your treatment journey begins with one of our pain management specialists or requires surgical intervention, you can trust that our team of experts will provide compassionate care every step of the way.

If you have chronic back pain or a spine condition that is limiting your ability to work or play, seek the attention of our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians. Whether your treatment will require assistance from one of our pain management specialists, non-surgical treatment, or advanced arthroscopic surgery, trust that our team of experts is at the leading edge in next-generation treatments and care.

Advanced treatment protocols

At Premier Orthopaedic Associates, our renowned back and spine care specialists offer cutting-edge treatments to address back pain and injuries comprehensively. These next-generation treatments include:

Minimally invasive techniques

Our surgeons employ minimally invasive approaches to minimize tissue damage, reduce scarring, and accelerate recovery.

Expertise and experience of the surgeon include complex spine treatment options

Our team of experienced surgeons is proficient in treating even the most complex spine conditions, ensuring you receive the highest level of care.

Multimodal pain control

We utilize advanced pain control techniques that target all pain pathways, including those in the central nervous system, nerves, and inflammatory markers.

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This groundbreaking advancement helps reduce bleeding during orthopedic surgeries, leading to safer and more effective procedures.

Sagittal alignment innovation techniques

We employ innovative techniques to ensure the proper alignment of your spine, promoting long-term stability and comfort.

Muscle-sparing techniques

Our approach focuses on preserving muscle tissue to enhance your recovery and overall function.

Our back surgeons have pioneered advancements in neck and spine surgery

Our surgeons have contributed to advancements in the field, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date treatments.

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Restore your quality of life, free from back pain.

Our goal is to restore the quality of life for our patients, allowing them to return to the activities they love. Our treatments are backed by clinically proven outcomes, providing you with the confidence that you're receiving the best care possible.

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