Many of us take our backs for granted. That is until we begin to suffer lower back pain. Poor posture, a sedentary lifestyle, and sitting for hours result in the breakdown and weakening of the spine over time. It is not surprising that so many people today suffer from lower back pain.
If you’re seeking lower back pain relief, get in touch with us, Bridge Chiropractic, and schedule an appointment to see a skilled and experienced chiropractor. We offer lower back pain treatment in Marietta, GA aimed at reducing pain, preventing further damage, and improving your overall health. Contact us today to learn more.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
Your back, like other parts of your body, is prone to deterioration if it is not taken care of. Proper care and protection of your spine and back are important to avoid pain, maintain mobility, and ensure good overall health.
In order to protect your back, it is important to understand the common causes of lower back pain. These include:
Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed between an intervertebral disc and the neighboring vertebral bone. It causes pain in the region of the lower back and hip. The pain may also run down the leg.
A muscle strain may occur as a result of not warming up properly prior to vigorous exercise, lifting excessively heavy objects, twisting, or turning at an awkward angle. This can cause a strain on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles leading to lower back muscle pain or lower back spasms.
- Deterioration of intervertebral discs
This may be due to poor posture while sleeping, sitting, or standing which results in the placement of excessive pressure on the intervertebral discs and causes their deterioration.
- Intervertebral disc herniation
Irregular movements can result in herniated disc lower back pain as they cause the discs to move from their natural position. The discs bulge outward and place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
- Traumatic injuries
Traumatic injuries including sudden and forceful impact on the spine can result in damage to the spine that results in pain.
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A variety of injuries can cause back pain. For instance, an auto accident injury, slip-and-fall injury, or high-impact sports injury can jolt the spine and throw its components out of alignment. Hyperextension of back tissues can cause strains and sprains.
A herniated disc can cause pain in a couple of different ways. The material that pokes outward from the tear in the disc's outer casing can put pressure on nerve tissue while also causing inflammation. Nerve damage to the disc casing can also cause intense pain.
We often see patients who are experiencing both low back pain and pain, tingling or loss of sensation in a leg/foot. These are signs of sciatica, in which the roots of the sciatic nerve become pinched.
If your work conditions or office setup require you to bend, twist, or stoop constantly, you may be giving yourself a case of chronic back strain. Athletes may also be prone to repetitive motion strain.
Bulging discs tend to lose height with age, which puts the facet joints of the spine under strain. Spinal osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis (loss of free space in the spinal canal) and spondylolisthesis (vertebral shifting) may also cause back pain.
Poor posture is a factor in many of the back pain cases our chiropractor sees. Poor muscular support and abnormal musculoskeletal alignment can leave you in constant discomfort.
Surgery is generally a last resort for dealing with back pain. You'll be glad to know that we can resolve the majority of back pain problems through conservative means alone.
We will Dr. Cantwell evaluate your symptoms while examining your spinal alignment and posture. After pinpointing the source of your pain, chiropractic adjustments can correct vertebral position, improve your alignment, and relieve pressure from nerves and muscles. Myofascial therapies (including massage) and exercises can promote faster healing and better posture, while acupuncture stimulates the body's own pain-relief responses.