Neuropathy and Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most frequent complaints doctors hear from their patients, but it’s also the single most common cause of workplace absenteeism. Although most cases of back pain may be due to exertion or muscle strain while on the job, it can have neurological causes as well. Neuropathy is can cause chronic back pain, which requires early diagnosis treatment by a Pembroke Pines neurologist.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a disease or malfunction of nerves which often occurs due to disease or trauma. Back pain often results from something pressing on the nerves in the back, such as a herniated disc. Pain caused by neuropathy of the back or spine includes:

  • Sciatica, which is chronic back pain that radiates runs down the leg. The pain can feel like its burning and for some people it can be debilitating.
  • Neck pain that radiates down an arm, which is formerly called cervical radiculopathy.
  • Failed back surgery syndrome is caused after back surgery, which starts gradually and doesn’t go away.

Causes of Neuropathy

There are several causes of neuropathy which leads to back pain, including herniated discs, trauma to the back affecting the spine or nerves, diabetes, infections, bone spurs, and many others. If you have an issue with back pain which doesn’t go away with rest or it radiates down your back, legs or arms, you should make an appointment with a neurologist. They can do an examination and order x-rays, a MRI or CT scan to find out the pain’s cause.

The neurologist may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and help you move freely throughout the day. Surgery may be needed if there is something pressing on the spine’s nerve or changes in diet for neuropath caused by diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. However, the first step is to consult a neurologist.