Ever wonder where chronic back pain comes from?
Recent studies have been steering away from environmental factors like driving and heavy lifting and instead are looking toward genetics as a cause for chronic back pain. A February anaylsis in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery revealed researchers from the University of Utah drew several conclusions regarding the cause of back pain from over a million Utah residents diagnosed with herniated or degenerating disks.
They found that a person’s risk of acquiring lower back pain hinges upon the genetic closeness of an affected family member. For example, having a second-degree relative (aunt, uncle or grandparent) or third-degree relative (cousin) with this condition increases your risk. Immediate family members increase your risk four-fold, regardless of environmental factors.
Additional family and twin studies have also linked a genetic disposition to Lumbar disk disease (LDD). This condition is often discovered through x-rays, dye injection, electromyography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Current methods to treat sciatica and other forms of chronic spinal conditions are medication for inflammation, physical therapy, spinal injections and surgery. Some believe in less evasive therapies such as yoga and accupuncture for temporary pain relief. Above all, a doctor should be consulted for a diagnosis and the most effective treatment possible.