Do you wake up with an aching back that only seems to worsen throughout the day? Are you prevented from doing the things you want because of your symptoms?

At The Spine Care Center in Manassas, we know that living with untreated back pain can seriously disrupt your life. We want to help you understand what may be causing your symptoms, so in today’s post, we’ll discuss some of the most common conditions that contribute to back pain. We discussed three common causes of back pain in a previous entry, so be sure to read through that information if you haven’t yet seen it.

The Spine Care Center in Manassas offers a number of back pain treatments that can help you get back to living a pain-free life. Our spine doctors have been recognized as Top Doctors in Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine, and you can trust us to help you find lasting relief from your symptoms!

Common Back Pain Causes

Bulging Discs

As we noted in our previous entry, the discs between your vertebrae act as cushions that support your weight and allow you to move comfortably. These discs can become worn out and dry with time, and instead of staying in place between your bones, they can begin to bulge outward. Bulging discs can eventually herniate, and they generally do not cause painful symptoms until they are close to herniating. Some of the most common bulging disc symptoms include:

  • Low back pain
  • Hip stiffness
  • Numbness and/or tingling in the extremities
  • Difficulty walking in severe cases

We provide bulging disc treatments that can help you restore your mobility, so please get in touch with us if you’re concerned that you have a bulging disc.

Bone Spurs

Also known as osteophytes, bone spurs are most commonly diagnosed in adults over the age of 60. While bone spurs in and of themselves aren’t harmful, they can cause problems if they begin to press on the nerve endings in the spine. Some of the problems bone spurs can cause include:

  • Back and/or neck pain, depending on the location
  • Pain that shoots into the arms or legs
  • Muscular weakness
  • Compromised mobility
  • Disability (in cases where bone spurs are left untreated)

SI Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac (SI) joint absorbs the impact caused by movement, reducing the impact that activities like walking, running, and jumping have on the spine. The SI joint can become either too flexible or too inflexible, leading to a number of painful symptoms:

  • Low back pain, typically on one side of the back
  • Stiffness and impaired mobility
  • Pelvic instability

SI joint dysfunction is often caused by prior back injuries and pregnancy, so please get in touch with our office if you believe that you’re experiencing the symptoms of SI joint dysfunction.

We Offer Back Pain Treatment in Manassas

We hope that this short series will help you determine if it’s time to seek out back pain treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in our posts, or if your back has been preventing you from living life to the fullest, then get in touch with The Spine Care Center. Our dedicated, compassionate spine doctors will help you develop a treatment plan that helps you relieve your symptoms and get back to doing what you love.