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Chronic Back Pain Causes

What causes chronic back pain? There is a range of possible answers. A single injury, such as whiplash or a fall, can damage the vertebrae or discs. If the vertebrae begin to deteriorate, the spinal column may narrow, putting pressure on local nerves. When this happens, pain can be felt not only in the back, but in the part of the body serviced by the nerves as well.

The location of pain and/or numbness in other parts of the body depends on which nerve roots are being compressed. For instance, if the problem is in the upper (cervical) section of the spine, you will typically experience symptoms in your hands, arms, shoulders, or torso. If the condition is localized in the lower (lumbar) spine, symptoms will affect the legs and feet.

Treating Chronic Back Pain Causes
The exact causes of chronic back pain can typically be diagnosed with an MRI scan, CT scan, and/or X-rays. Whether the causes of your chronic back pain can be traced to an injury, a congenital condition, or an aging-related condition such as arthritis, chances that the right treatment can bring relief for your symptoms. Physical therapy and medications are often the first courses of action.

If these conservative approaches are ineffective, surgery may be in order. The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery (www.bonati.com) specializes in treating chronic back pain that occurs as the result of herniated discs, spinal stenosis, radiculitis, and related spinal disorders. With a 90+ percent success rate (as opposed to the roughly 50 percent rate for open back surgery), fewer risks and a shorter recovery period, The Bonati Procedures have helped many chronic back pain sufferers once again enjoy life.

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