Back pain is far too common not only here in the United States but all around the world. In fact, it’s estimated that more than three quarters of all adults will need to cope with back pain – particularly lower back pain – in some point in time (around 80% of all American adults, to be just a little bit more specific). For some people, back pain is a relatively fleeting problem that doesn’t end up having a huge impact on their overall lives but for others, chronic back pain can be hugely debilitating.
And from lifestyle choices to spine disorders, there are many causes of back pain here in the United States. For many people, actual spine disorders actually do not contribute to the levels of back pain that they experience. For far too many, simply doing work at a desk for the majority of the day and sitting in that hunched over way can contribute to back pain immensely. Simply being so sedentary, as so many of us are after entering the workforce, is also a huge contributing factor that must be taken into account when thinking about how to treat back pain.
But spine disorders and spinal injuries are, for many, the root cause behind the back pain that they experience on a day to day basis. One of the most common spine disorders, for instance, is that of degenerative disk disease (which is also known, perhaps even more commonly, as DDD). This often incredibly painful condition typically originates between the ages of 30 and 50 and about 30% of that population – more than one fourth of it – has currently been diagnosed with DDD, with more likely to be diagnosed in future years. However, the severity of this condition will vary from person to person and the treatment for each person diagnosed with DDD or showing signs of it must be adjusted accordingly to fit the needs of the specific patient in question.
Bulging discs are another common cause of back pain. They particularly tend to cause lower back pain as the vast majority of these bulging discs – up to 90% of them, as a matter of fact – actually do originate in the lower back, where the spinal discs tend to be a little bit more prone to injury and damage. However, bulging discs can be found in any part of the back, from the lower back to the mid back to even the upper back, so it is important not to rule out a bulging disc yet even if the pain that a patient is experiencing is originated somewhere other than the low back.
Fortunately, there are more treatments aimed at the pain relief of spine disorders than there have truly ever been before. For instance, spinal fusion is actually a viable option for many spine disorders and one that can relieve a great deal of pain. When we look at how lumbar fusion is conducted, we see that this operation actually fuses at least two of the vertebrae in the lower back, if not even more than two. This type of surgery ends up being common in up to 10% of all bulging disc cases and while it is a minimally invasive spine surgery, it will still require a considerable recovery time. However, it will typically be able to relieve a great deal of pain, as well as preserve the overall mobility of the patient in question, something that can all too easily be lost in cases of untreated bulging discs over the course of time.
Fortunately, as major of a surgery is not the only option for pain management procedures for the various spine disorders diagnosed throughout the country. In fact, spinal cord stimulation therapy can be ideal for many people suffering from various spine disorders, from a pinched nerve to even scoliosis of varying severities. After all, more than half of all people who receive this treatment for their spine disorders – up to 60% of them, in fact – actually find that their pain drops considerably after a course of treatment using spinal stimulation.