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Milwaukee Back Pain SpecialistsOur back is a finely tuned instrument made up of many small joints, muscles, ligaments and nerve tissue. It is designed to connect the upper and lower bodies. When used improperly, pain develops.

Chronic Low Back pain

Acute pain is usually due to strains and sprains that frequently resolve. If pain continues, it is classified as chronic and may sensitized the nervous system which increases pain intensity.

Symptoms:

    • Mild to severe pain that exists anywhere along the back
    • Radiating pain into the arms or legs
    • Weakness, numbness or tingling

In addition to sprains and strains these additional causes can cause pain:

  • Disc degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Radiculopathy

Degenerative disc disease

As we age, bone degeneration develops in all of us. Water in our disc dries up and changes occur in our bones, ligaments, nerves & muscles. This process is intensified by trauma, genetic predisposition and smoking.

Symptoms signs include:

  • Variable pain intensity
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Muscle spasm

Disc Herniation

Bulging and herniated discs are common occurrences each cause varying degree of symptoms. They are exacerbated by poor mechanics, repetitive strains and trauma. The resulting pain is due to nerve compression.

Symptoms:

    • Pain in spine, arm or leg
    • Increase pain neck & leg movements
    • Extremities numbness
    • Reflex changes

Other diseases that can mimic a disc herniation include:

  • Fracture
  • Infection
  • Neoplasm
  • Stenosis
  • Shoulder osteoarthritis
  • Hip osteoarthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis

Sacroiliac Pain

The sacroiliac joint links the spine to the lower extremities. The joint is stabilized by the ligaments that surround the joint. It is thought to be the cause of up to 30% of chronic low back pain cases but it is often not considered in the assessment. Unfortunately, one third of lumbosacral spinal fusion patients also develop sacroiliac joint pain.

Symptoms:

    • Pain may be felt in the buttocks, lower back, groin, abdomen, lower leg and foot
    • The pain is often on one side.
    • The pain is often worsened with entering or exiting a car
    • Often a pop is heard that results in pain relief

Other diseases that are in the differential diagnosis include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Lumbar disc pain
  • Hip osteoarthritis
  • Malignancy
  • Myofascial pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Referred visceral pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Facet joint pain

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the central spinal canal. It often presents with radiating pain and little back pain. It can be due to arthritic changes or genetic predisposition. It can increase with age, often presenting after age 50. The natural course of stenosis is often stable symptoms with no deterioration based on a 4 year prospective trial. Unfortunately, exacerbations can be very painful. The symptoms of stenosis are thought to be related to mechanical compression of the neural fibers or reduced blood flow to the nerves.

Symptoms:

    • Progressive weakness
    • Progressive numbness and tingling
    • Pseudoclaudication describes buttock, thigh, and leg pain that is worsened with walking or standing and improved with sitting

Other conditions that mimic stenosis:

  • Lateral recess stenosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Malignancy
  • Trauma
  • Piriformis

Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is sciatica-like pain due to impingement of the sciatic nerve as it courses through the piriformis muscle. The incidence is thought to be 6% to 8% of all low back pain cases and is most often noted in the 30 to 40 year old age group. The piriformis muscle is the largest of the short external rotators of the hip. It originates from the second to fourth sacral vertebrae, travels through the sciatic notch before inserting on the upper portion of the greater trochanter the sciatic nerve courses differently through the piriformis muscle and contraction of the muscle causes sciatica. Activities that can worsen the pain include arising from a chair, walking up the stairs or standing for a long period of time. Any activity that increases hip external rotation can increase the pain. The main symptom produce is buttock and leg pain

There are other diseases that can mimic piriformis syndrome:

  • Endometriosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Hip joint pain
  • Pelvic tumors
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis

Back Pain Treatment

Your specific condition will be determined by a detailed medical history, extensive medical examination and appropriate diagnostic studies. Combinations of conventional and alternative therapies will be used to relieve your pain. Call us 414- 453-7780.

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2600 N. Mayfair Road Suite 1120
Milwaukee, WI, 53226 USA
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