In a large survey conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than a quarter of adults experience lower back pain during their lifetime. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® discusses common lower back pain causes for our patients in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.
What You Need to Know About Lower Back Pain
Almost everyone will experience lower back pain during their lives. When pain strikes, either mild or severe, everyday activities can become difficult. Most back pain is short term and can resolve with self-care. Chronic back pain can persist for 12 weeks or longer and typically needs the help of a pain management physician.
The lower back is where most pain occurs in the spine. The lumbar spine is made up of first five vertebras, which supports most of the body’s weight. The spaces between these vertebras are called discs and they act like shock absorbers to cushion the bones during movement. Ligaments, tendons and 31 pairs of nerves are connected to the spinal cord. All of these items work in unison to send pain signals to the brain.