Most people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives. While the occasional discomfort can frequently be cured with rest, many cases of this pain are more serious and can lead to chronic or severe pain that requires treatment. Before seeking treatment from your chiropractor or doctor, it helps to be aware of some of the most common causes of back pain.
Sprains And Strains
Sprains and strains are injuries to your tendons, muscles, or ligaments that support your spine along with their joints. Any of these injuries can easily cause back pain. Strains and sprains may occur from sports injuries, car accidents, or simply lifting something heavy while twisting.
Your spine’s discs serve as shock absorbers between vertebrae. At times, they may begin to tear or shrink, which is known as disc degeneration. When this happens, the bones start rubbing together, leading to back pain. Disc degeneration is more likely to occur as you get older but it can affect anyone.
Many people who experience back pain do so because of sciatica. This commonly manifests as pain in the lower back that includes tingling, numbness, and pain traveling down one of your legs. Sciatica refers to all pain due to compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve.
Following a car accident, fall, or other type of traumatic injury, it is very common to experience back pain. These traumas can lead to fractures, strains, and sprains and unique physical problems in addition to the pain itself. A fracture from trauma, for example, will lead to pain and require treatment.
There are also numerous other causes of back pain such as overstretching, sitting in a position that is hunched, slouching, awkwardly twisting, overusing muscles, or carrying heavy objects. Other spine-related problems, like slipped or herniated discs, bulging discs, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis can also be to blame.
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