When Dr. Nikesh Seth began the Integrated Pain Consultants practice, the top complaint from patients was back pain. That makes sense, considering that back pain is the leading cause of disabilities and missed work around the world. The majority of adults will have some form of back pain in their life, and it can be acute or chronic.
Back pain is common because the spine is responsible for taking on many tasks throughout the day. It’s also in charge of carrying much of our body weight. Add in a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, and hunching over screens for much of the day, and it’s no wonder so many people experience back pain.
Dr. Nikesh Seth has been voted Top Doc every year since 2015 and is a local expert in identifying the cause of back pain—and the best, safest treatments. One of the most common causes of back pain is degenerative disc disease. Some degree of this disease can be found in almost every adult. It occurs when the discs, or “cushions,” between the vertebra degenerate due to age, genetics, poor posture, or intense workouts.
Radicular pain is another common complaint. This is a term for pain that radiates from the back into the lower body via the spinal nerve root. It’s usually caused by inflammation, an injury to the spinal nerve root, or compression. It can also be part of a herniated disc, peridural fibrosis, or foraminal stenosis. Identifying the cause of radicular pain is key to treatment. Facet joint arthritis is a type of arthritis within the posterior (back) spinal facet joints. When the body lacks cartilage or cushioning, pain occurs because bones rub against each other.
Finally, back pain can also be caused by bulging discs and compression fractures. Bulging discs happen when the spinal discs push through their casing, and compression fractures are caused by backbones breaking due to poor bone density mass. If you’re in pain, help is available. Schedule your detailed evaluation today by calling Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552.