When you experience back pain, you may be quick to blame it on something that you did recently, such as lift weights at the gym or go on a long hike in the mountains. While physical exertion can cause pain and discomfort, the exertion may have exacerbated an existing condition, rather than being the cause of the condition. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we can help you pinpoint the source of your back pain and provide the necessary treatment to relieve that pain.
Never Discount Any Possibility
Unless you go to the doctor on a regular basis, it can be difficult to know what’s going on inside your body. It’s important to have a physical every few years, especially as you age. Your general physician can let you know what to be aware of in terms of overall health and diet, but if you have back pain and discomfort, he or she may refer you to a spinal specialist, such as the ones at CSI. When this happens, it’s important not to discount any possibility as the source of your pain. You may think it’s due to one thing, but following an examination, it turns out to be an entirely different cause.
What Could the Cause Be?
When it comes to back pain, it’s important to remember that even the slightest problem can cause a lot of discomfort. A strained muscle or ligament can make it unbearable to move and bend, and these can be caused by lifting something that’s too heavy or by lifting it improperly. If you experienced a trauma to the back, such as in a car accident or another type of impact, you may not experience pain right away, but when it does come, it’s excruciating.
The cause of your pain may also be due to a structural problem that doesn’t cause any discomfort until you strain something or experience a trauma. Bulging and ruptured discs in the spine may not cause pain initially, but when you move or overextend your spine, you can feel it at the source. If you have sciatica or osteoarthritis, you may experience intermittent pain, with good days and bad days.
There are countless nerves in the spinal column, and an injury or condition that affects them can lead to serious pain and discomfort. Conditions such as spinal stenosis and cauda equina syndrome can greatly affect the nerves, which can leave you unable to move, walk, or perform everyday tasks. If you’re concerned that you have nerve issues or injuries in your back, it’s important to see a doctor right away.
At CSI in Loveland, we want to help every person who is experiencing pain find the relief they need. Whether you hurt your back through physical exertion, or there’s an underlying issue that has reared its head in the past few weeks, we’re here to provide the proper diagnosis and treatment.
You can schedule an appointment online by using the form below, or you can call us at (970) 373-2682 to speak with a member of our team.