Common Causes and Treatments of Lower Back Pain
Back pain makes it difficult to perform everyday activities. It’s one of the main reasons people miss work and go to the doctor.
Back pain can develop gradually over time or even occur suddenly. Some experience symptoms for months or even years, while others only feel them occasionally. It is also among the most common reasons why people struggle with chronic pain. At Pike Chiropractic Therapy Center, we can help you with back pain!
What can cause lower back pain?
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for an American to visit the doctor—second only to cold and flu symptoms. Mechanical back pain is responsible for around 97% of all cases, and there are many potential causes of this injury:
- Posture: A leading cause of back pain is poor posture, whether it be a slouched standing position or hours spent hunched over a desk at work. Proper posture is critical to reducing your risk of back pain. Poor posture can cause the vertebrae in the back to slide out of position, leading to severe pain, stiffness, and mobility issues.
- Herniated Disc: The most common cause of back pain in American men and women is a herniated disc. When vertebrae in the back rub against each other, a shooting pain travels down the back and into the leg.
- Pinched Nerve: A compressed nerve in the back results in a pinched nerve. This pinching leads to significant pain and potential weakness.
- Sciatica: The sciatic nerve is a nerve found in the back, similar to a pinched nerve. It is a pain that travels down the back and into the legs causing pain and weakness.
These are a few of the most common reasons why someone might suffer from back pain. A chiropractor can provide effective back pain treatment options.
What is the most common cause of lower back pain?
Herniated discs are the most common cause of back pain in men and women. Sprains or strains from sudden movements or poor posture while lifting heavy objects are also common back pain causes.
Herniated discs bring shooting pain and numbness that travels down the legs. Lower back sprains and strains tend to have pain only in the lower back. Herniated discs tend to cause more pain with bending forward while back strains or sprains tend to cause more pain returning from a forward bend.
Herniated discs cause back pain ranging from mild to severe and accompanied by numbness, tingling, and weakness. Other common symptoms include burning sensations in the neck, back, shoulders, hips, knees, feet, back pain, and stiffness.
An increased inflammatory response is a biological dysfunction strongly linked to poor fitness, obesity, and aging. Chronic stress may also be related. Over time, the body begins to degenerate and lose muscle strength and space, from the intervertebral disc space to the spine.
There are several causes of back pain, not only those discussed here but severe spinal infections, such as osteomyelitis, which are a significant cause. Lumbar radiculopathy, or sciatic nerve pain (also known as lumbar spine pain - radiating pain in the legs and feet), can be due to infection of the nerve roots that leave the spine. There may also be a spinal cord injury, an injury to a nerve root that leaks out of the spine.
Back pain, called lumbago in medicine, should be treated with caution as it is one of the leading causes of disability.
What causes sudden back pain?
Sudden onset of pain, such as sudden pain, can indicate a herniated disc or muscle strain, as opposed to more gradual onset pain associated with osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.
Back pain has many causes, but there is no single explanation for each person, as most people experience pain from an injury or trauma. A strain or sprain can result for many reasons and may not occur from a single event.
Even if the cause is somewhat unknown, it is essential to remember that with the right treatment, which typically involves strengthening the back muscles, you can still receive necessary relief. You don’t have to live with back pain.
How can I cure my back pain?
Stretching and gentle training can be beneficial for people with mild to moderate back pain, but there is also the morning effect. Many people experience stiffness and irritability in the first hours of the day and pain in the evening. Even more or less pain-free people can still experience a routine of considerable irritation and stiffness in the morning.
Back pain is made more difficult by sleeping position. Simple movements can have painful consequences, such as sitting, standing, walking, or standing. You can also strain muscles, irritate joints, sprain ligaments, tighten or taut muscles, or even cause inflammation that can lead to back pain.
Do not overuse your muscles. Overuse can occur even by sitting hunched over a desk. It causes muscle strain, which leads to imbalances that cause even more imbalances to your body.
Chiropractic Treatments for Back Pain
If you are one of the 8 in 10 Americans who have struggled with back pain in your life, it is vital to receive treatment to receive much-needed pain relief. The treatment plan for back pain is just as varied as the diagnoses. The initial step will involve a consultation with a trained chiropractor to discover the source of pain and create a customized treatment plan. These treatments could include spinal adjustments, traction therapy, manipulation, and more. To not only alleviate the pain but create change within the back to prevent pain from returning, a chiropractor may use chiropractic procedures.
The chiropractor will come up with a treatment plan to targets the root cause of the pain. Procedures range from adjustments, manipulations, traction therapy, and more. The goal is to help patients by treating the underlying cause of back pain. Using this treatment methodology aims to do more than treat the symptoms on the surface. The goal is to prevent back pain from returning in the future.
Contact Pike Chiropractic Therapy Center Today to Make an Appointment
At Pike Chiropractic Therapy Center, we make sure to help relieve the pain of our clients. We place the needs of our patients first. Call (937) 236-1705 today to make an appointment with us!