Back pain affects thousands of Americans each and every day, and many people who suffer from back pain don’t know what’s causing their symptoms, or where to turn for help. In part one of this ongoing series, we’ll take an in-depth look at many of the most common conditions that contribute to low back pain.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in today’s entry, then reach out to the dedicated spine doctors at The Spine Care Center in Manassas. We take back pain treatment seriously, and we’ll always work to help you find an effective treatment plan that addresses your needs and your lifestyle. Get started with an appointment through this page.

Three Conditions That Cause Back Pain

Spinal Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that occurs when the body’s joints become irritated. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when healthy joints and cartilage are attacked by the body’s immune system, while osteoarthritis is caused by age and years of wear and tear. The former primarily affects older adults, whereas the latter has the potential to affect anyone who has sustained a back injury.

Some of the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include, but are not limited to:

  • Stiffness and aching
  • Swelling and/or warm skin
  • Tenderness
  • Grinding noise and/or sensation that occurs while moving

Contact our spine doctors if you have experienced any of these osteoarthritis symptoms.

Spondylosis

Our bodies naturally become weaker as we age, and this degenerative process can sometimes lead to painful symptoms in the lower back and neck. The mid-back is not as commonly affected by spondylosis, as the neck and lower back carry and distribute more weight.

The main symptoms of spondylosis include:

  • Pain that affects the neck and lower back
  • Stiffness that occurs after sleeping or resting
  • Numbness and/or tingling in the extremities

The symptoms of spondylosis can be managed with the help of an experienced spine doctor, and The Spine Care Center in Manassas has helped hundreds of individuals treat and manage the pain caused by this condition. Reach out to us if you would like to schedule an evaluation.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Your spine supports your weight and movement throughout your life, and sometimes, the pressure can strain the discs that sit between your vertebrae. Your discs are normally filled with fluid and act as cushions, but years of wear and tear can cause them to become brittle and worn out. This degeneration can cause the following symptoms:

  • Localized painful aches
  • Tenderness
  • Pain that shoots into the buttocks, hips, and/or legs
  • Impaired mobility

At The Spine Care Center, we know how painful it can be to live with the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Call our office today if you would like to discuss your symptoms with a spine specialist.

Contact Our Manassas Spine Doctors Today

We hope that today’s entry will help you determine if you should see a spine specialist about your symptoms. Come back to our blog page in the coming weeks and months, as we’ll be adding even more helpful resources that can help you determine if your symptoms warrant an appointment.

The Spine Care Center offers a number of back pain treatment options that can help you regain your mobility and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to get started with an appointment.

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