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What Causes Lower Back Pain?

what causes lower back pain

Lower back pain can have causes that aren’t due to underlying diseases. Examples include overuse such as working out or lifting too much, prolonged sitting and laying down, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, wearing a poorly fitting backpack, and suffering personal injuries from an auto accident.

What Are Some Of The Risk Factors

The risk of back pain varies in different individuals, depending on their daily routine. People who work in a stressful job, smoke or go through strenuous physical work are more susceptible to back pain than those who don’t. Other factors such as pregnancy, anxiety, depression and obesity can also lead to lower back pain.

What Are Some Of The Causes Of Back Pain

  1. Strain

The most common cause of back pain is strained muscles and ligaments, which may be a result of lifting something heavy or a sudden, awkward movement. It can also be caused by poor posture due to a bad bed mattress or the way you sit in a chair for a long period of time each day.

2. Structural Problems

The human body is a complex structure composed of bones, muscle, ligaments and joints. A fault in any of these can cause numerous problems, including back pain. Some particular structural problems that may affect your back are as follows:

a. Arthritis

Arthritis can cause various joint problems in the hips and lower back.

b. Bulging And Ruptured Disks

The vertebra in our spine is cushioned by a disk, so a ruptured disk would result in more pressure on the nerves, resulting in back aches. A bulging disk would put even more pressure on the nerves.

c. Sciatica

A bulging disk can also press on a nerve in the spine, causing a shooting pain through the buttocks and down the legs.

Make sure you go to a chiropractic doctor that fully evaluates the causes of your back pain.  Most medical doctors just treat the symptoms of the pain which allows the underlying cause to get worse.  Chiropractors fully evaluate the spinal regions and if found to be caused by a subluxation, the cause can be corrected with spinal adjustments.  As an award-winning chiropractic clinic, we fully evaluate a patient’s social and work activities and perform a full exam and x-ray to take an active approach at getting a patient better, sooner.  If the problem is not treatable with chiropractic care, we refer you to a doctor more suited to treat the cause you have.

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