Pinpointing Back Pain

Nearly 80 percent of the adult population will experience some form of back pain. This unbelievable number has many Americans worried and taking serious precautions. The experienced medical staff at ONE Brain and Spine Center has helped patients along the road to recovery from back pain. Together, Dr. Burak Ozgur utilizes conservative treatment plans to better care for each and every patient. Patients living in Irvine or any surrounding California area can easily access our help to improve their quality of life. The first step is understanding the source of the problem and what kind of back pain it is.
The majority of pain comes in two different categories: musculoskeletal and neurological. For musculoskeletal problems, patients will have pain involved with their muscles, ligaments, tendons, or joints. Something as simple as picking up a heavy object the wrong way, or a repetitive, strenuous action such as hitting a tennis ball can cause musculoskeletal damage. This type of pain accounts for up to ¾ of all lower back pain.
The second category is neurological. This type of pain is tricky in that it can originate in one place but be felt in another. If you have a pinched nerve in your back, you may not feel it there at all but rather down to your foot. Many patients experience a “buzzing” or tingling feeling that has serious pain accompanied with it. Some nerve pain may be the cause of a problem with a disc in the spine. The disc essentially has no feeling and interrupts the communication between spinal nerves from the foot to the brain. The brain interprets the pain coming from the foot rather than the lower back.
There are cases where an individual will have pain caused by both musculoskeletal and neurological problems. For these people, pain and irritation will cause muscle spasms and muscle pain. The damaged nerve becomes inflamed and the injury could cause blood and fluid to build up in the muscle. The inflammation causes serious pressure on the nerve.
A patient who suffers from back pain has a duty to be informed about their diagnosis. By reading and becoming educated about the background of their disease or problem, they are increasing the likelihood that they will become an active participator in the healing process. The ONE Brain and Spine team is a support and education system for each and every patient. Call and schedule an appointment at ONE.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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