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Back pain is a leading contributor to missed workdays and the most common cause of job-related disabilities. In fact, approximately 80% of adults will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. In the spinal column, the nerves travel between very intricate vertebrae. If even the slightest deviation occurs, it can cause significant pain that may radiate down into buttocks and legs. The pain may feel sharp or dull or even like an electric shock, causing muscle weakness or numbness that can interfere with even the most basic movements.
Back stiffness is a symptom that may start abruptly or develop slowly over time. In most patients, back stiffness occurs due to problems with back muscles, joints in the spine or the spinal cord itself. If treatment isn’t sought, severe back stiffness can disrupt daily activities, and may be particularly debilitating for elderly adults who are dealing with mobility issues.
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — the largest and longest-running nerve in the human body, extending from the lower back through the buttocks and into the thighs. It can occur at the origin of the nerve due to decreased disc space in the lumbar spine, spondylolisthesis, Piriformis Syndrome or even during pregnancy as a result of the extra pressure being placed on the spinal column.
A bulging or herniated disc, especially around the region of the neck, can cause severe pain and discomfort. Bulging or herniated discs usually occur due to injury. The vertebrae in the spine can put pressure on the nerve endings that run in the spinal canal, thus causing pain. Orthopedic surgeons will either perform a spinal fusion or disc replacement if the patient’s symptoms progress.
Though this condition involves the vertebrae, the most common symptom is not back pain, but rather pain in the legs when you stand for long periods or walk a distance. Types of spondylolisthesis include degenerative, which is caused by wear and tear, and isthmic, a small fracture that causes one vertebrae to slip forward on top of the one below it.
When the cartilage between the joints wears or completely deteriorates, this is known as a common condition called osteoarthritis. Once the cartilage has worn out, there is no cushioning to protect the joints and inflammation and pain can occur. The most common forms of this disease affect the hip, spine, knees, elbows and hands, usually due to wear and tear over time. The right physical therapy treatment plan can help manage symptoms.
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease occurs when the cushion between vertebrae wears away due to age, overuse or herniation. The disease typically responds to physical therapy, which can help strengthen and stretch the muscles around the back, helping you regain mobility and strength.
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