DRESSEN CHIROPRACTIC

SPINE CENTER

Palmer Graduate

719-544-5545

725 Desert Flower Blvd, Pueblo, Colorado, 81001

 

 

MAJOR CAUSES OF BACK PAIN

 

As we age, most of us will experience some wear and tear to the discs and vertebrae that make up the structural components of our spines.

Here are the most common things that can go wrong.

 

JOINT AND NERVE PROBLEMS

SPINAL ARTHRITIS is an inflammation of the facet joints between the vertebrae, which can cause stiffness and pain.

 

SCIATICA is characterized by pain that radiates down one or both legs. It may be caused by compression of the sciatic nerve.

 

 

 

DISC PROBLEMS

 

Degerative disc is a disc that is gradually wearing down and thinning over time, most likely due to the natural aging process.

Bulging disc is one that is shifting out of its normal radius, extending beyond the circumference of the vertebrae.

Herniated disc occurs when the inner material of the disc pushes through its outer membrane into the spinal canal.

 

VERTEBRA PROBLEMS

 

Bone spur occurs when the body builds more bone as a natural response to the age-related deterioration of vertebrae.

Spinal Stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal, typically as a result of bone spurs or joint enlargement.

Spondyliolisthesis is a forward or backward slippage of one vertebra relative to another, causing pressure on spinal nerves.

Osteoporosis is a disease marked by proressively decreasing bone. In the spine, this can lead to a compression fracture.

 

TROPISM

In tropism, the facet joints are developed differently from one side to the other. When this happens, the joints are forced differently and the vertebral segment only moves with great stress.

This leads to disc wearing or pain.

 

TRANSITIONAL SEGMENT

This occurs in 6-7% of the population. There are either 4 or 6 lumbar segments rather than the normal 5.