What Causes Back Pain?

When there is back surgery or the back pain was caused by a Motor Vehicle Accident, there is a much higher chance that chronic pain may result. Even worse is when the automatic nervous system (Autonomic Nervous System) becomes activated. This can occur due to the inflammation and pain resulting from surgery. Motor Vehicle Accidents involving the back can also cause twisting of the back damaging the lumbar sympathetic plexus which can activate an Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction.

Pain following "wear and tear", a back surgery, or from an automobile accident can cause insufficient circulation to the bone underlying the discs of the back and to the areas where ligaments attach to the bones of the back.

Back pain is a common problem with up to 75% of us having back pain at some point in our lives. In many cases, back pain occurs when there is insufficient circulation to the bone underlying the discs of the back and where ligaments attach to the bones of the back. Discs between the back bones serve as a cushion in joints between bones. This allows for the absorption of shock and allows motion of one bone against another. This bone/disc degeneration can be a result of “wear and tear” or injury.

As the bones become weaker it can cause bulging discs and arthritis. Spinal stenosis is one of the most common problems affecting the spine, particularly in older patients. This results from bulging discs and arthritis of the spinal joints resulting in progressive narrowing of the spinal canal. Lumbar stenosis is the most common type of stenosis and can cause “neurogenic claudication”. Patients with this problem may have no pain when sitting down or lying down but can have terrible pain when walking or standing.

The discs have no circulation of their own. They use the circulation of the underlying bone to provide oxygen and remove waste products. However, if the bone does not have sufficient circulation, the portions of the bone which require more oxygen, such as beneath discs, begin to die; this creates dead spots in the bone beneath the discs, called subchondral cysts. When cold weather approaches and the barometric pressures fall, the subchondral cysts expand against the injured portion of the discs and cause pain. Unfortunately, pain causes a further decrease in circulation to the bone making the back pain even worse.

The same thing happens in the areas where ligaments attach to the bones of the back. In these areas there is an increased need for oxygen and the bone dies creating subchondral cysts. Since the ligaments are now attaching to areas of weakened bone, they can pull away from the underlying bone.

As the discs begin to degenerate the joint space narrow and the joints become painful and stiff as there is an increase in bone to bone contact.

The nerve chemical which controls circulation to the bone is the same chemical which controls circulation to the fingers and toes. This is why people with back pain also almost always have cold toes and many times cold fingers.

In many cases, back pain occurs when there is insufficient circulation to the bone underlying the discs. The discs serve as a cushion in joints between bones. This allows for the absorption of shock and allows motion of one bone against another. The discs have no circulation of their own. The discs use the circulation of the underlying bone to provide oxygen and remove waste products.

However, if the bone does not have sufficient circulation, the portions of the bone which require more oxygen, such as beneath cartilage begin to die. This creates dead spots in the bone beneath the cartilage, called subchondral cysts. When cold weather approaches and the barometric pressures fall, the subchondral cysts expand against the injured portion of the discs and cause pain. Unfortunately, pain causes a further decrease in circulation to the bone making the back pain even worse.

The same thing happens in the areas where ligaments attach to the bones of the back. In these areas there is an increased need for oxygen and the bone dies creating subchondral cysts. Since the ligaments are now attaching to areas of weakened bone, they can tear away from the underlying bone.

As the discs begin to degenerate, the joint space narrows. The joints become painful and stiff as there is an increase in bone to bone contact. This pain further decreases the circulation to the bones and, therefore, discs.

The nerve chemical [Calcitonin gene-related Peptide (CGRP)] which increases circulation to the bone is the same chemical which controls circulation to the fingers and toes. This is why many patients with back pain also have decreased circulation causing cold toes and many times cold fingers.

The back pain is even worse when there is a second nerve chemical is also insufficient [Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)]. VIP decreases inflammation throughout the body. In this case, inflammation caused by the degeneration of the bones and discs is even worse due to a lack of VIP. The pain caused by the inflammation decreases the circulation and makes the problem worse. In many patients, the lack of VIP also causes airborne and food allergies, as well as, digestive problems. Not only does back pain interfere with quality sleep and, since VIP is also necessary to create melatonin, many of these patients also had insomnia prior to the back pain.

Pain causes further decrease in circulation because it destroys CGRP. CGRP not only increases circulation to the bones but also increases circulation to the nerves that created VIP. Therefore, if CGRP is decreased, then VIP is also decreased.

Another common source of pain associated with back pain is osteoporosis. This is a progressive decrease in bone density and, therefore, bone strength. A lack of sufficient CGRP and VIP can cause osteoporosis. Not only does CGRP increase circulation to the bone but also CGRP and VIP cause increased bone creation while decreasing bone degradation. VECTTOR therapy is a form of electrostimulation founded upon principals of acupuncture, reflexology, physiology, cellular physiology, and anatomy and is designed to stimulate the nerves to produce certain vital neuropeptides (including CGRP and VIP) essential for optimal functioning of the body.

Many of the back “torn ligaments” are actually a result of osteoporosis. The attachment of the ligaments to the bones requires increased oxygen in these areas of bone. When insufficient oxygen is available to the bones, the bone beneath the attachment of the ligament becomes weak (subchondral cystic degeneration) and the ligament becomes more likely to detach from the underlying bone.

Lumbar spinal stenosis can also occur with a lack of CGRP and VIP. As the bones become weaker and inflammation increases, the spinal canal can become more narrow pushing on the nerves. This can cause “neurogenic causalgia”.  This will cause terrible pain and burning when the patient is walking or standing which is relieved by sitting or lying down

One of the most common treatments of back pain is physical therapy. It is important to note that physical therapy must not cause pain when performed because it will then diminish the circulation at the cellular level (CGRP).

Many times the back pain becomes chronic (lasts for more than 6 weeks). Even worse is when the automatic nervous system (Autonomic Nervous System) becomes activated. This can occur due to the inflammation and pain resulting from surgery or Motor Vehicle Accidents. Motor Vehicle Accidents involving the back can also cause twisting of the back damaging the lumbar sympathetic plexus which can activate an Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction.

Many of the other treatments for back pain can cause the back pain to actually increase and/or cause other problems. NSAIDs are well known for causing stomach pain and stomach ulcers. Injections can cause a response from the Autonomic Nervous System (automatic nervous system). Chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 6 weeks) involves the Autonomic Nervous System . The Automatic Nervous System can react very severely to injections or surgery with markedly increased pain and even Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This syndrome makes the patients feel as if their back has been dipped in boiling oil and then set on fire.

 

Common Treatments Tried Before Using VECTTOR

If you have already tried and found physical therapy, NSAIDs, heat, injections, massage, and even surgery; to be unsuccessful in relieving your back pain, you are not alone. Let the VECTTOR Therapy System bring you the pain relief you have been trying so hard to get.

 

 

Our Back Pain Solution That Will Work For You

VECTTOR Therapy System

VECTTOR therapy is a form of electrostimulation founded upon principals of acupuncture, reflexology, physiology, cellular physiology, and anatomy and is designed to stimulate the nerves to produce certain vital neuropeptides essential for optimal functioning of the body.

VECTTOR therapy is designed to read feedback from the patient’s body via skin surface temperatures, throughout the treatment process. When indicated by the feedback received during treatment, VECTTOR will prompt the user to log into the system and request new treatment protocols, designed to maximize the effectiveness of the user’s treatments.

What VECTTOR Therapy System Can Do For You?

The nerve chemical which causes a temperature increase in the fingers is monitored by the VECTTOR unit and is the same nerve chemical which increases circulation to the bone. The VECTTOR treatment choses its treatments based upon adequate improvements in skin temperature. If there are insufficient amounts of this chemical, it causes the changes in the bones of the back which causes the back pain.