Note: this is a guest blog from expert surgeon Dr. Stefano Sinicropi
If you begin to develop spine pain after a long day of hard work or after slipping and falling, it’s pretty easy to narrow down why the pain developed. Other times, it’s much harder to pinpoint why you’re dealing with back pain. Today, we share five causes of back pain that you may not have considered?
Why Am I Having Back Pain?
Here’s a look at five causes of spine pain that are either uncommon or often overlooked.
- Spinal infections – Spinal infections aren’t that common, but they still affect a number of patients each year. They can be either bacterial or fungal, and they can affect the intervertebral discs, the spinal bones, the spinal cord or the surrounding nerves. These can arise out of a pre-existing condition like diabetes or a condition that weakens your immune system, or as a result of malnutrition or immunosuppressants.
- Spinal tumors – Spinal tumors, either benign or malignant, can be the cause of back pain. These abnormal growths originate in the spinal cord, nerve roots or within a vertebral body and their growth can put pressure on sensitive areas of your spine. Oftentimes they have no direct cause other than being the result of a genetic issue.
- Arthritis – When you hear the term arthritis, you probably think about an aching pain in your fingers, toes or knees, not in your spine. Unfortunately, a number of people suffer from spinal arthritis as the age. This can be problematic because a weakened spine can fracture or become displaced more easily. To help stave off spinal arthritis, strive for a healthy diet and regular moderate-intensity exercise.
- Spinal arachnoiditis – This disease is characterized by an acute inflammatory stage that occurs in the dura and the arachnoid, two of the three membranes that protect and cover the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. It can be the result of a surgical complication, wrongfully administered corticosteroid injections or out of certain infections like viral or fungal meningitis.
- Spondylolisthesis – This is a condition of the spine where a vertebrae shifts out of its proper position in relation to the neighboring vertebrae. The condition can affect both young and old populations, but they tend to have different causes. In young patients, spondylolisthesis is typically the result of a genetic birth defect or acute trauma. In older populations, it’s more likely to be brought on by excessive wear and tear on the vertebrae and their surrounding structures.
Dr. Stefano Sinicropi is a Board Certified Expert in spinal surgery, who is trained in both Orthopedic and Neurosurgical techniques. He dedicates his practice to getting his patients back to a pain-free life. After evaluating patients through his proprietary Diagnosis and Treatment Algorithm, patients will be given a specific treatment plan outline. Some patients will be or become candidates to undergo minimally invasive spine surgery, total disc replacement, or complex spinal fusion.