It’s well known that colds and stomach bugs are common causes of absenteeism among workers. But did you know that lower back pain is also a common culprit? In fact, lower back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability. About 80 percent of American adults will report pain in the lumbar region at some point during their lifetime. While many of these cases involve mild, fleeting pain, other orthopedic patients suffer from chronic or debilitating back pain, which may be severe enough to seek emergency care. If you’ve been experiencing lower back pain in the Las Vegas area, you can find the medical help you need at Southern Hills Hospital .
When you watch this video, you’ll hear Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin discuss one of the underlying causes of lower back pain. Dr. Khavkin, who is a neurosurgeon at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, explains that the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine have greater mobility and flexibility than the thoracic region. This means that the cervical and lumbar regions are more vulnerable to wear and tear damage over time.
Another reason why lower back pain is so common is that the five vertebrae that comprise the lumbar region are responsible for carrying the weight of the entire torso. The lumbar vertebrae, which are L1 through L5, are the largest unfused vertebrae of the spine. L4-L5 and L5-S1 are the lowest two spinal segments, comprised of both vertebrae and intervertebral discs. These segments bear the brunt of the weight of the weight, which means they are most vulnerable to sustaining injury and displaying degenerative changes.
Residents of the Las Vegas area who suffer from lower back pain are invited to view a “ Welcome to Spine Class ” presentation to develop a better understanding of the causes of back pain and surgical treatment options. This presentation is available on the website of the Spine Program at Southern Hills Hospital. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700 to request a referral to an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, or to find out more about our hospital services.