Which anatomic structures are potential pain generators

Which anatomic structures are potential pain generators? 

Back pain may originate from many spinal structures. These structures include the following:

  • (1) the vertebral body periosteum,
  • (2) intervertebral discs,
  • (3) paravertebral musculature and fascia,
  • (4) ligaments, (5) facet joints,
  • (6) the annulus fibrosus,
  • (7) spinal nerve roots,
  • (8) dorsal root ganglia, and
  • (9) paravertebral blood vessels.

The most common causes for pain result from musculoligamentous injuries and age-related degenerative processes of the intervertebral discs and facet joints.

Disc herniations and spinal stenosis are other common causes.


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