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The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

February 23rd, 2018 by Synergy

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our focus is on helping our patients’ bodies function better and with less pain. We work with a wide range of people, from kids to senior citizens and from professional athletes to average adults trying to be active. One of the most common issues for nearly all of these groups is lower back pain. This type of pain can actually come from a number of causes, but here are the most common:

The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Disc Problems

Your spine is basically a stack of bones called vertebrae, and each bone is separated by a soft, fluid-filled sac called a disc. Discs keep the bones from painfully rubbing against each other. Unfortunately, there’s a lot that can go wrong with the discs. Degenerative disc disease causes these discs to wear away with age. Discs can also become injured or torn. In some patients, excessive pressure over time can cause a disc to rupture or herniate. Any of these problems can result in significant back pain.

Spinal Misalignment

Your vertebrae can shift, and it’s common for your spine to become misaligned. This can lead to back pain when nerves are being irritated. In fact, spinal alignment is one of the top reasons for chiropractic care.

Muscle Strain

A muscle strain occurs when the muscle is pulled too far and it tears. This can happen to any muscle, but back muscle strains are particularly common. These injuries can occur after one specific incident, like lifting a heavy object unsafely, falling, or twisting in a certain way. But a strain can also happen gradually over time from poor posture or spending time in uncomfortable positions.

Ligament Sprain

A sprain is essentially the ligament version of a strain – it happens when a ligament is pulled or torn. Many of the same actions that cause strains can also cause a sprain, but it’s important to realize that there is a difference between strains and sprains.

Vertebral Fractures

When you think of someone “breaking their back,” you think of an immediately obvious injury, but it’s not always this clear. Subtle fractures can happen, especially to people with weakened bones from osteoporosis. Pressure can also build up in the back over time to cause compression fractures, especially in the lower back.

Spinal Stenosis

In patients with spinal stenosis, the space around the spinal cord becomes narrower. This puts pressure on the nerves in the area, causing back pain. This is somewhat common in patients who develop bone spurs from osteoarthritis.

How to Treat Lower Back Pain

Every case of back pain is unique. Fortunately, that’s our specialty at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ – identifying and treating the root cause of each patient’s pain. We start with a comprehensive diagnostic exam and then develop an approach specifically tailored to you. For most of our patients, our unique Synergy Release Therapy is combined with therapies like chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, microcurrent treatments, hyperbaric chamber sessions, etc.

The bottom line is that for back pain, you need customized care to see prompt, lasting results. To get to the bottom of your lower back pain or other concerns, call us to schedule an appointment. For more health tips and information about the therapies we provide, follow Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+.