Did you know that back pain, particularly chronic lower back pain, could be connected to a concussion? While not all back pain is traced to concussion, it’s worth investigating if you may have suffered a concussion and the possible connection therein. That’s what we’ll explore in this edition of the Broadview blog.
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Back Issues are All Too Common
Back pain is a common health issue for many adults. Reported cases of lower back pain exceeds well over 200,000 in the US each year. Some of this pain is temporary due to muscle strain, as an example, and this situation will often recover on its own, with rest. However, many cases of back pain can linger for an extend time and become more serious. The causes of chronic lower back pain are often due some form of pressure on the spinal nerves.
Nerve pressure may often be the result of spinal disk injury, or herniated disc that exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other conditions, such as spinal stenosis, abnormal spine curvature, arthritis, fibromyalgia, spondylitis, spondylosis, can all result in chronic lower back pain. A full exam by a back specialist to include an MRI is the only sure way to begin to address the cause and treatment.
A Concussion is often overlooked cause of Lower Back Pain
One very important and often overlooked cause of lower back pain is the longer-term effects of a concussion. A concussion is a type of brain injury that can lead to some very serious problems, depending on the severity or repeated injury to specific areas of the brain.
A serious longer-term effect of a concussion is lower back pain. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and controls the neurological system. A concussion impact can last a few days or many years again, depending on the severity and the person’s current health situation. If you have had a car accident or have had a sports related injury that lead to a concussion, you should be aware that there can be long term effects.
The Long-term effects of a Concussion
A potential long-term effect of a concussion is the brains ability to control the spinal nerves that allow for stable balance and control. As you walk, and move through about your daily routine, part of your brain makes sure your back muscles and nervous system are in sync. The brain’s objective is to control our movement in the most efficient way possible. A concussion can cause minor damage to part of the brain that controls this muscle coordination.
The muscles in the lower back then over compensate for brains diminished control signals. This overcompensation or muscle contraction event, can cause chronic pain. The important difference with this specific pain cause, it is often overlooked when a person is checked for lower back pain, and the standard treatments will have no effect on its underlying cause.
Concussion May be the Root Cause of Persistent Back Pain
If you have lower back pain that lingers despite analysis and treatment, the underlying issue may be the long-term effects of a concussion. Of course, you need to discuss with your doctor and back specialist, but this important to recognize this concussion connection when seeking the proper treatment. Carefully consider, with your doctor, that the lower back pain you are currently experiencing is due to a concussion some time ago. You may be wasting money on ineffective treatments or going through a rehabilitative exercise routine that will not treat the root cause.
If you have back pain and suffered a concussion (or think you may have), get in touch with us today. We at Broadview Spine & Health Centre have extensive research, training and experience in this area.