Back Pain

What’s causing my back pain?


Back pain that comes on suddenly is typically due to acute injuries like injured discs or torn muscles. Sports injuries, falls, using poor lifting techniques, and overexerting yourself are common causes of acute back pain.


You can also develop longer-term back pain from repetitive strain. Doing the same movements many times over long periods can irritate and inflame tissues in and around your spine, causing back pain and soreness that worsens when you perform the activities responsible.


Another type of back pain is caused by age-related deterioration. This includes conditions like osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and vertebral compression fractures stemming from osteoporosis. Disc herniation can also happen because of age-related deterioration.


Other back pain causes include spinal abnormalities like scoliosis, where the spine has a left and/or right curvature. Spinal cord injuries, tumors, and internal diseases like kidney infections can also cause back pain.


How is back pain diagnosed?


The Addison Pain team has extensive experience diagnosing back pain. They complete a physical exam, check your medical history, and ask about your symptoms. Imaging procedures like an MRI, CT scan, or X-rays allow your provider to see the bones and tissues inside your spine so they can confirm your back pain’s cause.


If it’s still unclear where your back pain comes from, a nerve block injection could help. Nerve blocks contain a local anesthetic that numbs specific nerves in your spine. When a nerve block provides relief from pain, it pinpoints the source.


What treatment might my back pain require?


Treating back pain effectively depends on addressing its cause where possible — for example, realigning your vertebrae using chiropractic adjustments or relieving pressure on the spinal nerves if you have radiculopathy (back pain caused by nerve compression).


Other treatments that can help ease back pain include:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Discography
  • Ketamine infusions 
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Bone marrow aspirate (BMA)

BMA is a natural substance derived from healing cells and growth factors in your body that stimulate tissue growth and repair. After extracting a blood or bone marrow sample, your provider concentrates the active ingredients and injects them into your back.


Call Addison Pain  Medicine for expert back pain relief, or book an appointment online today.