Back pain may occur due to various reasons; be it a sports injury, pulling a heavy object or a fall/ injury to the spine. If you are suffering from back pain, it would be wise to have a look at some of the common risk factors and causes of back pain before going to the chiropractor.
The risk of back pain varies in different individuals, depending on their lifestyle. People who work in a mentally 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 this condition. Age is also a factor, as older individuals are at a higher risk than younger ones.
Causes Of Back Pain
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 improper posture due to a bad mattress or sitting position.
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 the back are as follows:
Arthritis can cause various joint problems in the hips and lower back.
Bulging And Herniated/Slipped 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.
A bulging disk can also press on a nerve in the spine, causing a shooting pain through the buttocks and down the legs.
Curvature Of The Spine
An unnatural curvature of the spine can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow, causing back pains.
A vertebra fracture can be caused by the bones becoming more brittle.
A growth or tumor on the spine may press against a nerve.
Infection of the nerves (shingles) and spine may also cause pains.
Cauda Equine Syndrome
The growth of nerve roots at the bottom of the spinal cord can cause a dull pain, as well as lack of feeling in the upper buttocks.
What To Do
By far, strain/sprains, arthritis, herniated discs, joint dysfunction, and stenosis are the most common causes of back pain. Fortunately, all of these problems can be helped by a chiropractor.
Almost all of these problems have and underlying cause. Check out this video how we look for underlying causes of back pain here.
Dr. Novatnak is a Preferred Provider for the Laser Spine Institute and can do and evaluation to determine if you may be a candidate for surgery.
Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: There’s pain in my head by Stefan Neuweger