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Back pain can be associated with a range of medical conditions.  Some of these medical conditions associated with back pain are more severe than others. Because of this, it's always best to see an SOS back specialist. An SOS back specialist can help to diagnose and care for back pain medical conditions. 

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Failing to address back pain could make it worse. An SOS specialist can help. 

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Back Pain Causes

 

There are a variety of potential back pain causes. Common causes of back pain include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Muscle strain,
  • Ligament strain,
  • Irregularities of skeletal structures, such as scoliosis or other spine injuries,
  • Osteoporosis

Some back pain causes are more serious than others. Because it may not be clear whether you or your loved one's back pain is from a serious medical problem or not, it's best to see an SOS back pain specialist to determine the best individualized care plan. 

What is causing you or your loved one's back pain? Learn more about symptoms for specific injuries or conditions that are associated with back pain below. 

Back Pain Causes from Lifestyle Habits

In addition to medical conditions, back pain causes can also include certain habits. For example, slouching while sitting can result in back pain. Cigarette smokers are also more likely to experience back pain. A lack of exercise is also a common back pain cause. Heavy lifting can also be a cause of back pain. 

Back Pain Causes from Obesity or Mental Health Conditions

People with other medical conditions may also be more likely to experience back pain. Obesity is a common cause of back pain. Individuals who suffer from certain mental health conditions, such as stress, depression or anxiety, may also experience back pain. 

What is a Herniated Disc?


A herniated disc develops when one of the discs of the spine moves out of place. Discs are the soft cushion between the bones (or vertebrae) that make up your spine. When a disc is moved out of place, nerves can become irritated, resulting in severe back pain. 

Because your spine and the discs in your spine run through your back, a herniated disc can cause either lower back pain or pain in any part of your back. 

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Herniated Disc Causes


There are many potential herniated disc causes. Common herniated disc causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Twisting or turning to lift something,
  • Heavy lifting,
  • Being overweight,
  • Lack of exercise,

 

Additionally, the risk of developing a herniated disc increases with age. 

Herniated Disc Symptoms
The most common symptom of a herniated disc is lower back pain. This is because the lower part of the spine is where most herniated disc injuries develop.

Other herniated disc symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Back pain that spreads to the thighs,
  • Back pain that gets worse when moving and better when resting,
  • Back pain that gets worse when coughing, sneezing or sitting,


If you or your loved one experience herniated disc symptoms, it's important to see a doctor before the condition gets worse. 

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Herniated Disc Treatment


There are many options for herniated disc treatment. The right treatment varies on a patient by patient basis. Common forms of herniated disc treatment include, but are not necessarily limited to:


Herniated Disc Surgery

If none of the above conservative treatments for a herniated disc are successful, herniated disc surgery may be required. 

The SOS team includes surgeons who are experienced in performing herniated disc surgery. Additionally, SOS provides total orthopedic care for patients who suffer from a herniated disc. Our back pain specialists and herniated disc surgeons will provide care for before and after your surgery, ensuring the smoothest possible recovery. 

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Talk with an SOS back pain specialist if experiencing herniated disc symptoms. An SOS back pain specialist will provide the personalized care you deserve, listening to you and developing a care plan that makes the most sense for you. 

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What is Degenerative Disc Disease?


Degenerative disc disease is a medical condition where the flexibility and functioning of your spine gets worse over time. While everyone experiences some loss of functioning and flexibility in their spine as they age, if this depreciated functioning of the spine causes back pain, then it may be a sign of degenerative disc disease. 

 

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Degenerative Disc Disease Causes


Degenerative disc disease is caused by parts of the spine getting weaker. For example, degenerative disc disease causes include:

  • Drying out of the spine - The discs in the spine are primarily made up of water when you are born. As you get older, your discs lose water, causing the discs to become thinner and worse at absorbing shocks. With degenerative disc disease, this may get to the point that it causes back pain.
  • Tearing of the outer wall of the spine,

Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms

Degenerate disc disease symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Lower back pain,
  • Severe back pain that lasts for days or even months,
  • Back pain that becomes worse while sitting, and better when moving,
  • Back pain that becomes worse when bending, twisting or lifting,
  • Back pain that improves when changing positions or lying down


Degenerative disc disease can be very serious. Degenerative disc disease can also significantly impact a patient's quality of life. 

If you or a loved one experience any of the above degenerative disc disease symptoms, it's important to talk with an SOS back pain specialist. The team of SOS back pain specialists are experienced in helping patients treat and manage degenerative disc disease symptoms. 

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Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment near Syracuse, NY and Surrounding Regions


Degenerative disc disease treatments depend on how serious and developed a patient's degenerative disc disease is. Some patients may benefit from conservative treatment, while others may require surgery. 

Common degenerative disc disease treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery 

 

When other degenerative disc disease treatments are unsuccessful, degenerative disc disease surgery may be necessary. Degenerative disc disease surgery may include removing the affected part of the disc. Another type of degenerative disc disease surgery includes removing the whole affected disc and replacing with an artificial disc. 

The team of surgeons at SOS have years of experience in performing degenerative disc disease surgery. We provide total orthopedic care for all degenerative disc disease patients. This can include providing care before and after degenerative disc disease surgery. This can make a major difference for patient recovery. 

Back Pain Relief for Degenerative Disc Disease


If you or a loved one experience degenerative disc disease symptoms, it's important to speak with a medical professional. Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists' back pain specialists are experienced in the treatment and management of degenerative disc disease. 

An SOS back pain specialist can develop a personalized care plan based on you or your loved one's specific needs, and severity of degenerative disc disease.

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What is Spinal Stenosis?
Back pain is one of multiple symptoms for spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a medical condition where the spaces in the spine narrow, resulting in pressure being applied to nerves. 

There are two types of spinal stenosis. Cervical stenosis is when the narrowing of the spine develops in the part of your spine that is located in the neck. Lumbar stenosis refers to narrowing of the spine that affects the lower back. Lumbar stenosis is the more common type of spinal stenosis. 

 

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The SOS team of neck and back specialists are experienced in helping patients manage and treat spinal stenosis. SOS provides total orthopedic care for spinal stenosis, creating personalized care plans for each patient.

SOS has the experience and medical knowledge to provide symptom relief and an improved quality of life for spinal stenosis patients. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or are experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms, talk with an SOS specialist. 

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Spinal Stenosis Causes

There are multiple possible spinal stenosis causes. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Damage to the spine from osteoarthritis,
  • Herniated disc,
  • Ligaments that hold the bones of the spine together become thick and stiff over time,
  • Tumors,
  • Injuries to the spine, such as a car accident,


Spinal Stenosis Symptoms 


Spinal stenosis symptoms will vary depending on the type of spinal stenosis that a patient has. 

Cervical stenosis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Numbness in the foot, leg, hand or arm,
  • A tingling sensation in the foot, leg, hand or arm,
  • Difficulties walking or maintaining balance,
  • Neck pain,
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction,


Lumbar stenosis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Back pain,
  • Numbness affecting the foot or leg,
  • A tingling sensation felt in the foot or leg,
  • Foot or leg weakness,
  • Leg pain or leg cramps, particularly when standing for an extended period of time or when walking,


Spinal Stenosis Treatment


If you or your loved one's back pain is a symptom of spinal stenosis, SOS can develop a personalized treatment plan. Spinal stenosis treatment varies on a patient by patient basis. This is due to the varying degrees of severity for spinal stenosis. 

SOS back pain specialists provide the individualized attention that each patient deserves. This empowers our patients to receive the best spinal stenosis treatment for their personal health.  

While spinal stenosis treatment will vary to meet an individual patient's needs, common spinal stenosis treatment options include:

  • Medication to relieve back pain or other body pain associated with spinal stenosis,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Steroid injections, 
  • Procedures to decompress the spine,
  • Spinal stenosis surgery,

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For some patients, spinal stenosis surgery may be the best treatment option. While SOS prioritizes conservative treatment for spinal stenosis, some patients may require spinal stenosis surgery. 

If you or your loved one are a good candidate for spinal stenosis surgery, you can rely on the experienced spinal stenosis surgeons at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS). An experienced spinal stenosis surgeon at SOS will provide the care that you or your loved one needs for a smooth recovery. The SOS team provides care to prepare patients for spinal stenosis surgery. We're also here for you or your loved one after spinal stenosis surgery, providing follow up care for the best possible recovery. 

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The SOS team of back pain specialists are experienced diagnosing, caring for and treating spinal stenosis.

Whether already diagnosed with spinal stenosis, or experiencing spinal stenosis symptoms like back pain, the caring, dedicated and knowledgeable team at SOS can help. 

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What is Cervical Radiculopathy?


Some patients' back pain may be caused by cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy is a medical condition where nerve roots located near the cervical vertebrae are compressed, resulting in nerve damage or disrupted nerve function. 

SOS back pain specialists have years of experience in providing care and treatment for cervical radiculopathy. Whether you or your loved one have been diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, or are experiencing back pain and other cervical radiculopathy symptoms, an SOS back pain doctor may be able to help. 

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Cervical Radiculopathy Causes


There are many potential causes of cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis,
  • Injuries that cause pressure on nerve roots, such as a ruptured disc or bone degeneration,

 

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Cervical Radiculopathy Symptoms


Common cervical radiculopathy symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Upper back pain which then spreads to the arm, neck, chest and/or shoulders,
  • Muscle weakness,
  • Numbness in the fingers or hands,
  • Tingling sensation in the fingers or hands,
  • Challenges with coordination, specifically hand coordination


Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment


Cervical radiculopathy treatment is different for each patient, depending on severity. An SOS back pain specialist will take the time to learn about you or your loved one's cervical radiculopathy symptoms. SOS will then develop a personalized cervical radiculopathy treatment plan.

Common cervical radiculopathy treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:


Cervical Radiculopathy Surgery


When cervical radiculopathy is severe enough to cause motor weakness, surgery may be the best treatment option. The SOS team includes the region's best surgeons, who are experienced with cervical radiculopathy surgery. 

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If you or your loved one's back pain is caused by cervical radiculopathy, it's important to see a doctor to prevent further damage. The SOS team of back pain specialists and cervical radiculopathy surgeons are experienced in providing personalized care plans. We may be able to help provide the symptom relief and improved quality of life that you're looking for. 

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What is Spondylolisthesis?
One potential cause of back pain is spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis is a type of orthopedic injury that occurs when a vertebra in the spine slips out of place. Spondylolisthesis most commonly develops at the base of the spine. 

The SOS back pain specialists are experienced in providing care and treatment for spondylolisthesis. For total orthopedic care and symptom relief for spondylolisthesis...

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Spondylolisthesis Causes


There are multiple potential spondylolisthesis causes. Common causes of spondylolisthesis include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Being born with a defective vertebra,
  • Breaking a vertebra from an accident or forceful impact,
  • Infection,

Additionally, spondylolisthesis is more common in children who participate in sports, especially gymnastics. 

Spondylolisthesis Symptoms

 

Spondylolisthesis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Lower back pain,
  • Muscle stiffness and tightness,
  • Leg pain that runs down the legs (caused by pressure on nerve roots)

 

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Spondylolisthesis Treatment


Spondylolisthesis treatments vary depending severity. An SOS back pain specialist will provide the individualized attention that you or your loved one deserves. An SOS specialist will get a thorough understanding of your spondylolisthesis and related symptoms, developing a personalized treatment plan. 

Common spondylolisthesis treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

 

Spondylolisthesis Surgery

 

For patients whose condition does not improve from physical therapy, spondylolisthesis surgery may be necessary. Spondylolisthesis surgery can provide back pain relief, and may restore a patient's ability to perform certain tasks or movements. 

The SOS team of surgeons are experienced in spondylolisthesis surgery. The SOS team provides every patient with total orthopedic care, providing the care you or your loved one need before and after spondylolisthesis surgery. 

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What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a medical condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the joints. Arthritis can also cause back pain. 

There are two types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the more common type of arthritis, and is caused by damage to joint cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system attacks the joint capsule's lining. 

The SOS team has helped many arthritis patients achieve symptom relief. Our specialists are the trusted experts for managing arthritis near Syracuse, NY and the surrounding areas. 

If you or your loved one have arthritis that is causing back pain, or are experiencing back pain that may be a sign of arthritis, the experienced medical specialists at SOS provide the total orthopedic care you're looking for. 

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Arthritis Causes


Arthritis causes are different depending on the type of arthritis that a patient has. 

Osteoarthritis causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Damage to joint cartilage as part of aging,
  • Damage to joint cartilage from an injury, such as a car accident or an injury from playing sports,
  • Infection,


As rheumatoid arthritis is a disease, there are many potential causes. However, certain people are at a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • People with a family history of arthritis,
  • The risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis increases as you get older,
  • Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis,
  • People who have injured their joint(s) in the past,
  • People who are obese,

Arthritis Symptoms

 

Common arthritis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Pain, including back pain or joint pain
  • Stiffness,
  • Swelling,
  • Redness,
  • Limited range of motion,

Arthritis Treatment

 

SOS is experienced in helping patients manage their arthritis symptoms. Depending on the severity, arthritis treatment may vary. 

As arthritis treatment emphasizes symptom relief and improving patient joint function, common arthritis treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Pain medication,
  • Anti-inflammatory medication,
  • Medications that help treat skin irritation, such as creams or ointments,
  • Medications that alter how the immune system responds,
  • Corticosteroids,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Surgery, when necessary


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For some arthritis patients, surgery may be the best treatment option. While SOS prioritizes conservative arthritis treatments, certain patients may require arthritis surgery to achieve symptom relief. 

Depending on each patient's individual needs, joint repair surgery or joint fusion surgery may be the best arthritis treatment option. SOS is also the regional leader for joint replacement surgery

SOS will provide the personalized care you or your loved one need before and after arthritis surgery. This total orthopedic care approach makes SOS the clear choice for arthritis treatment, including arthritis surgery. 

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What is Osteoporosis? 


Osteoporosis is a medical condition that makes bones weak and brittle to the point that a fall, certain movements or coughing could cause a bone to break. Because of this, osteoporosis can also cause back pain.

SOS is experienced in helping patients care for and treat osteoporosis and related symptoms. Our team of specialists have the years of experience and specialized medical knowledge you or your loved one can depend on.

If you or a loved have have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, or are experiencing back pain and other osteoporosis symptoms, SOS can provide total orthopedic care. 

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Osteoporosis Causes


To understand osteoporosis causes, it's essential to understand how bones function in the human body. On a regular basis, the body produces new bone material to replace broken down bones. As the body gets older, bones increasingly break down at a faster rate than bone material is replaced. 

Because of the above natural process, there are certain factors that can make a person more likely to develop osteoporosis, resulting in extraordinarily weak and brittle bones. These osteoporosis risk factors include, but are not necessarily limited to: 

  • Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis,
  • Increased risk of developing osteoporosis as you get older,
  • Having family members who have osteoporosis,
  • Reduced estrogen or testosterone levels,
  • An overactive thyroid,
  • Overactive glands,
  • Low calcium diets,
  • Long term use of steroids,
  • People who live a sedentary lifestyle,
  • Consistently excessive alcohol consumption,
  • Using tobacco products,
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis


Osteoporosis Symptoms


Common osteoporosis symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Back pain,
  • Gradual loss in height,
  • Stooped posture,
  • Bone fracture(s) that happen more easily than expected

 

Osteoporosis Treatment


Osteoporosis treatments vary depending on how severe the condition is for a specific patient. Osteoporosis treatment is based on reducing risk of bone fractures. 

SOS provides individualized osteoporosis treatment plans for each patient. 

Common osteoporosis treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Bisphosphonates, which is the general term for osteoporosis-specific medications,
  • Hormone therapy,
  • Physician-recommended lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption


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SOS provides each patient with the individualized attention they deserve. Our specialists will meet with you or your loved one, and can diagnose and help manage osteoporosis symptoms. 

The SOS team includes experienced, knowledgeable and caring osteoporosis specialists near Syracuse, NY and the surrounding regions. 

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SOS Provides Total Orthopedic Care for All Back Pain Causes and Related Conditions 
Is your back pain caused by something other than the conditions listed above? The above is not intended as a comprehensive list of back pain causes. An SOS back pain specialist may be able to help provide symptom relief and personalized treatment for your back pain and associated conditions. 

If you or your loved one experience back pain, it could be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Don't wait until it gets worse; get total orthopedic care at SOS.

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