Back Pain

Back pain can be felt constantly or intermittently, and may present as a dull, sharp, piercing, or burning sensation and can also travel to other areas, such as the legs.

Information you need

What causes back pain?

Back pain can be the result of a sudden, awkward movement, strained back muscles and ligaments, lifting heavy objects, or using improper body mechanics.

Pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal can be caused by herniated discs, arthritic conditions, bone spurs, or displacement of vertebrae, and can result in pain throughout all areas of the back, and often into the extremities.

Pain That Comes and Goes

Low Back Pain is often Associated with radiating leg pain

Pain May Present As A Dull, Sharp, Piercing, or Burning Sensation

Pain May stay in one place or radiate to other areas, such as the front, sides, back, and legs

Non-Surgical Treatments

If general back pain is being experienced, consult with your physician about the following non-surgical treatments:

  • Proper lifting, sitting, sleeping and standing
  • Aerobics and stretching
  • Maintaining a healthy weight


Surgical Procedures

If symptoms do not improve with other methods, your physician may suggest spinal surgery. Surgical solutions for degenerative disc disease and other resultant conditions that may contribute to general back pain, may include:

  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Maximum Access Surgery (MAS®) PLIF
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF®)

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