Dr Ycaza and his team are pleased to welcome you to the new website of Bradenton Pain & Wellness Center. You will find navigation easier with more information to guide you through your journey to leaving pain behind.
One of the additions to our new website this blog feature. Each month you’ll find helpful tips, articles, suggestions, and answers to your questions about pain management. If there is a topic you’d like us to address, leave a message in the comments and we will address your questions.
The most common complaint we hear is that of back pain and almost 80% of adults will have some sort of this condition during their lifetime. Why is this? The spine is shaped with stacked vertebrae separated by little shock absorber discs. It carries our upper body weight putting stress and strain on the curvature of the lumbar spine located in the lower back. Over time, this causes wear and tear that may eventually become chronic.
Here are a few conditions that may cause back pain:
- Degenerative Disease where the discs wear down and no longer provide an adequate cushion.
- Slipped, or Herniated Disc, is caused when a disc bulges and radiates pain down the leg from an adjacent nerve. It’s commonly referred to as sciatica.
- Facet Joint Pain is a result of arthritic pain in the spinal joints that attach the vertebra to each other. This is typically felt during long walks or standing for some length of time.
- Vertebral compression fracture is generally caused from low bone density called osteoporosis.
- Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal leaving minimal room for nerves. This can cause low back pain as well as leg pain. Again, this is often due to arthritis along with herniated discs.
Prevention is key and that means practicing good posture, engaging in daily exercise (approved by a physician), and strengthening your core can help avoid back pain. Yoga is particularly helpful. Most people don’t realize that surgery is rarely needed for back pain conditions. If you do have chronic back pain, there are several modalities available that are non-invasive and we are here to answer your questions and explain your options for pain relief.