Back Pain

Back pain can be caused by a wide range of conditions. Get information about back pain, lower back pain, neck pain, and sciatica, and learn about back pain causes, treatments, and medications.

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of openings in the spinal bones, usually in the lumbar area, which creates pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. About 75% of cases of spinal stenosis occur in the low back (lumbar spine).

Spondylolisthesis is a slipping of vertebra that occurs, in most cases, at the base of the spine, due to a defect or fracture of one or both wing-shaped parts of a vertebra. This defect, called spondylolysis, can result in vertebrae slipping backward, forward or over a bone below.

Sciatica is a sharp, often shooting pain, sometimes accompanied by tingling or numbness, that extends from the buttocks down the back of one leg. Sciatica may feel like a mild ache, a sharp, burning sensation or cause extreme discomfort.

Lumbar sprain, spinal stenosis, disc herniation and different degenerative spinal disorders can all cause pain in the lumbar region of your back.

A herniated disc is the rupture of the tissue that separates the spinal vertebral bones. It may also be referred to as a slipped disc, prolapsed disc or ruptured disc.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae in the spine.