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Back Pain: Do You Know the Most Common Causes?

By Sara Butler

Back pain is a very common issue. It can range from a twinge in your back to searing pain down your leg all the way to your toes. The reason for such vastly different experiences in back pain? The causes! Back pain isn't caused by one thing, but a variety of things that differ in level of pain and seriousness. The best way you can avoid back pain is to know what causes it. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to know the most common causes of back pain!

Damage to Ligaments and Muscles

The most common cause of back pain for many people is problems with muscles and ligaments that support the spine. In fact, many people that see the chiropractors at The Joint for back pain have this to blame!

Issues with muscles and ligaments that cause back pain can happen in a flash through improper lifting or working out too hard, but most of the time it's a slow-simmering injury that develops over time. The most common causes of muscle and ligament problems in the back stem from:

  • Poor posture
  • Repeated exertion
  • Twisting when carrying heavy objects
  • Injuries from sports or accidents
  • Falls

If you suspect this to be the cause of your back pain, then come into see the chiropractors at The Joint without delay.

Chronic Conditions or Illness

So, injuries are the most common source of back pain, but hot on it heals is another cause: illnesses and chronic conditions. Some conditions that are notorious for causing chronic back pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia

If your life is impacted by one of these conditions, then it's important to make the chiropractors at The Joint a part of your healthcare team.

Herniated Discs

The bones that make up your spine are cushioned by discs that fit snugly between them. These discs have a soft inner layer that is wrapped in a tough, fibrous outer layer. If too much stress and strain are put upon these discs due to injury or repeated stress and strain, then the outer layer can crack or split and let the inner layer bulge or leak out -- something called herniation. This can compress nearby nerves and cause an immense amount of pain. Not everyone has symptoms when they have a herniated disc, but if you do experience symptoms, then they can be very painful. If you suspect a herniated disc, then contact a chiropractor at The Joint!

If you have back pain, then don't ignore it and hope it will go away on its own. Instead, see a chiropractor at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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