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Causes of Back Pain: What's Causing My Back Pain?

While only a trained medical professional can accurately diagnose your back problems and recommend appropriate treatment, a basic understanding of common causes of back pain and how VAX-D works to alleviate them can help you in making a more informed decision concerning your treatment options.

Understanding How the Spine Works
Your spine is composed of 24 bones called vertebrae.
In between each vertebra is a fibrous disc (annulus fibrosus) filled with a jelly-like substance (nucleus pulposus), which provides flexibility and cushioning to the spine. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which runs through a tube at the back of the spine called the spinal canal.

With such a dense network of nerves traveling throughout the back, it is easy to see how great discomfort may be caused by a slight upset in the delicate architecture of the spine.




Accidents and injury may damage discs and vertebrae, putting pressure on nerves. This results in tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or even sharp, shooting pain.






Shown in these illustrations (above, below) are some of the more common diagnoses for back pain that will be covered at length throughout the site.



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Consider These Facts on Back Pain:

• On any given day, 6.5 million people are in bed because of back pain.
• Approximately 5.4 million Americans are disabled annually due to back pain.
• Back pain is the #2 reason for hospitalization.
• Up to 85% of the U.S. population will have back pain at some time in their life.
• After cold and flu, back pain is the number one cause of work absence.
• Spine surgery is the second leading surgical procedure in America, with the total number in the U.S. approaching 500,000 per year.
• An estimated 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back pain.

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