Low back pain is one of the most common conditions in adults and one of the most common reasons for visiting a spine doctor. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, around 80% of adults will have lower back pain at some point during their lives. Some of these people will become patients of an orthopedic spine surgeon in Palm Beach County, however it doesn’t necessarily mean they will require back surgery or other invasive treatments.
Lower back pain usually develops due to minor injury or overuse, but sometimes there may be no immediately obvious cause. The most common reason is wear and tear of the intervertebral disc. This disc is a gelatinous shock absorber between each vertebral body which allows movement of the lower back. As we age the discs can develop small fissures that may progress to include tears, protrusions, and frank disc herniation. Trauma or work injury may expedite the process which would normally progress gradually.
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