Are you suffering with low back pain?
The back is the workhorse of the human body. The muscles and spine in the back are forced to twist and turn, bend and stretch all sorts of angles throughout the day. Depending on your job, your back may be pulling double-duty at times if constantly lifting heavy objects is involved. Add to this that most people don’t properly lift heavy items correctly, and there’s a recipe for potential future low back pain.
So what is low back pain?
Low back pain is muscle tension and/or stiffness in the area below the costal margin and above the inferior gluteal folds. Put plainly, it is pain experienced anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. One form of low back pain you may be familiar with is sciatica, but this condition can extend further down your leg.
4 Common Causes of Low Back Pain
Pain in the lower back area can be associated with issues of the lumbar spine, vertebral discs, spinal ligaments, or the spinal cord itself. But, it doesn’t stop there. The muscles and nerves of the lower back, as well as the organs located wherein, can also be a contributor, if not the source, of pain.
Considering the several moving parts of the back, there are numerous reasons you could be experiencing low back pain from a sports injury, car accident, fall or an existing medical condition that puts you at further risk of additional disorders.
Four common causes of low back pain are:
- Overuse. As the workhorse, the back is constantly put at potential risk for pain with constant, repetitive twisting of the spine and surrounding muscles. It only takes one wrong move to bend or twist too far, or lift a heavy object improperly, for an injury to occur.
- Aging. This one is universal. Everyone gets older and their body ages along with them. Through constant overuse as previously mentioned, coupled with the fact that wear-and-tear over the years, cartilage loss, and flexibility loss – to name a few – can severely limit what the body can do. Age takes it’s toll and the back may not be as forgiving as it once was.
- Herniated disc. A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery discs between the vertebrae that stack up to make your spine. It is often called a “slipped disc.”
- Arthritis. If you’re suffering with painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints, this condition can spread into your lower back and cause problems there as well.