Common Causes of Back Pain

An estimated 80% of people in the US will experience back pain, and it is one of the most cited reasons for missed workdays. Back pain is normally short-lasting, but as we age, we often find that back pain can last longer and get worse. When your back pain starts to affect your mobility and everyday life, it’s time to get a professional opinion. 

Jeffrey Miller, MD, is a rheumatology and arthritis expert who leads the Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida, an innovative treatment facility that effectively treats back pain resulting from arthritis and osteoporosis. We explore both of those conditions here.

Two common causes of back pain

Back pain can be caused by something as innocuous as bad posture or a more serious chronic condition. Two concerning conditions that cause painful symptoms in your back are arthritis and osteoporosis.


Arthritis is an umbrella term for inflammatory diseases that affect your joints and bones. Within the umbrella of arthritis diseases, osteoarthritis is often the culprit for back pain and limited range of motion. 


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that causes the cartilage in your joints to break down. Your cartilage cushions the bones in your joints, so when it isn’t healthy and robust, you feel pain. 

Osteoarthritis is a known cause of severe back pain. This condition is one of the primary causes of spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spine. Osteoarthritis also occurs in the neck, but is most often diagnosed in the lower back, the area to which we generally refer when we say “back pain.” 


Back pain can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time, but women have a slightly higher risk of developing back pain. This is partly due to women’s vulnerability to osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis occurs when old bone dies before new bone can be made, creating holes in your bones and making them weak and brittle. This puts you at increased risk of fractures, particularly of the hip, wrist, and spine. Spinal injuries, in particular, cause back pain.

Some risk factors of osteoporosis include:

Osteoporosis is often characterized by a loss of height. If you’ve noticed symptoms of osteoporosis, we can help you. 

What do I do about my back pain?

Even if you’ve been living with back pain for years, there is hope. To get you on the road to recovery, Dr. Miller first requires a consultation and thorough testing to determine your best treatment options. 

There are a number of exercises that Dr. Miller recommends, as well as lifestyle changes and techniques for stress management. Your emotions and stress levels affect your body, and an important part of self-care is taking care of your mental health.  

How soon can I start treatment?

Dr. Miller understands how uncomfortable, painful, and frustrating back pain can be. Making sure that you have an accurate diagnosis is the first step to managing your symptoms. To do that, you need to work with an experienced and compassionate specialist. 

Call us today at 813-336-3793, or book an appointment with us online. We’re happy to work with you to help you recover from your pain and live a fuller life.

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