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Back pain is so common that almost everyone experiences it during their life. Often back pain will go away by itself, but when it persists for longer than several days, or if you feel numbness, tingling or weakness, you should see a doctor.
Back and neck pain is usually caused by a problem with the bones and/or discs in the spine including:
Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis narrows the spinal canal space surrounding the spinal cord within the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This in turn causes constant pain and pressure. Spinal stenosis can radiate pain into those parts of the body to which the nerves of the spinal cord are connected.
When stenosis occurs in the lower spinal cord, the pressure on nerves can create pain and/or numbness in the legs. Stenosis in the upper spinal cord may trigger pain and numbness in the neck, shoulders, or even the legs. Symptoms include:
Men and women over 50 years old are more likely to get spinal stenosis due to arthritis or simply to aging, although it also affect younger people who suffer injury or were born with a narrow spinal canal.
Disc problems: Problems with the discs in the spinal column can be a source of pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs. Spinal discs are the “cushions” between each vertebra in the spine.
As we age, degenerative disc disease (DDD) can weaken and shrink the discs so that they no longer cushion the nerves adequately.
Sometimes the outside wall of the disc weakens and internal disc contents spill out (disc herniation), pressing on the spinal canal and surrounding nerve roots.
Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS): FBSS occurs when a patient has decompression or fusion surgery and still has remaining or increased pain after the surgery site has fully healed. FBSS is most common after a discectomy for back pain (vs. discectomy for leg pain, which is usually successful) and a lumbar fusion for multi-level degenerative disc disease. Sometimes pain can return even after a successful surgery if a disc herniates again or if bone grows back and causes a recurrence of stenosis.
Dr. Jeffrey Rubin and the staff of Physician Pain Care provide quality, cutting edge, personalized service to patients suffering from chronic pain. We offer Epidural and Facet Joint Injections, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Lumbar and Medial Branch Blocks, Radiofrequency Ablation, SI Joint Injections, Stellate Ganglion Blocks, Transforaminal Epidural Injections, and BOTOX injections for migraine headaches.
We treat patients in Woodstock, Canton and Marietta, Georgia. Many patients visit us from Jasper, Ellijay, Cumming, and Roswell, GA. Please call (770) 516-7880 to schedule an appointment or request additional information on any of our services or procedures.