Dr. Mark Kabins of Las Vegas Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, is board certified in both Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery. Possessing years of experience in the field, Dr. Kabins knows how debilitating back pain can be, and he strives to help his patients understand the root causes of their pain.
Due to the stress we place on it every day, the back is especially prone to injury and other conditions. Back pain is the body’s natural response to degenerative conditions of the spine or injury. More often than not, pain can be resolved through time and nonsurgical treatment; however, some conditions necessitate a visit to your doctor. In addition, pregnancy, lack of muscle tone, and excess weight can potentially contribute to the onset of acute back pain. Other triggers include:
– Accident, sports injury, or fall.
– Improper lifting.
– Sudden or strenuous physical effort.
– Carrying a heavy purse, backpack, or briefcase.
– Hiking your shoulder to hold the phone receiver to your ear.
– Improper sleeping position or pillow positioning.
– Poor sitting or standing posture.
Back pain may also be caused by:
– Developmental disorders. Abnormalities in the growth and formation of the skeleton often cause developmental disorders; examples include scoliosis and kyphosis. The treatments are often conservative, but some developmental disorders require surgery to prevent a worsening condition or long-term disability.
– Inflammatory and infectious disorders. Although relatively uncommon, the delay of an accurate diagnosis may result in serious consequences.
– Mechanical disorders. Mechanical pain occurs when a specific part of the spine, such as a ligament, joint, or intervertebral disc is not working correctly. Arthritis, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs fall into this category.
– Tumors. Cancers and tumors are comparatively rare, but pain is the most common symptom of a spinal tumor.
– Trauma. Injury to the soft tissues, neurological structures, or bony elements can trigger instability in the vertebral column, potentially causing neurological injury.
You should seek the care of a physician like Dr. Mark Kabins immediately if you experience:
– Chest pain or sharp pain in the left arm.
– Back pain as a result of a physical trauma that affects your spine, like a fall or car accident.
– Bladder control loss or impairment.
– Numbness in your extremities.
– Fever or severe headaches.
– Chronic back pain for over six weeks or acute back pain that does not improve after 72 hours of self-treatment.