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Back Pain


Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives.


There are many conditions that can cause back pain. Some of these are congenital, such as scoliosis. Most causes of back pain, however, result from injury or trauma. Common causes of back pain include:

Muscle Strain

Ruptured, Bulging or Herniated Disc

Degenerative Disc Disease

Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

Sciatica or Pinched Nerve

Sacroiliac Joint Inflammation

Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis

Muscle spasm (very tense muscles that remain contracted)

Poor alignment of the vertebrae

Strain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the back

Spine curvatures (like scoliosis or kyphosis)

Other medical conditions like fibromyalgia

You are at particular risk for low back pain if you:

Work in construction or another job requiring heavy lifting, bending and twisting

Work in a job with whole body vibration (like truck driving or using a sandblaster)

Have bad posture

Are pregnant

Are over age 30

Smoke, don't exercise, or are overweight

Have arthritis or osteoporosis

Have a low pain threshold

Feel stressed or depressed

Conventional Labs


myelogram (an x-ray or CT scan of the spine after dye has been injected)

CT of the lower spine

MRI of the lower spine.





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