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Where is Your Low Back Pain Coming From?

By Sara Butler

Low back pain impacts the lives of many people. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you have an 80 percent chance of experiencing low back pain in your life. But why? There are many causes of low back pain to consider and if you know what is causing it, then you can work with your chiropractor to relieve it!

Mechanical Issues

Your body is a machine -- and sometimes it’s more well-oiled than others. One of the leading causes of low back pain stems from mechanical or soft tissue issues. Chief among them, a pulled or torn muscle or ligament.

Low back strains or sprains can happen over time or develop suddenly. They can be caused by repetitive movements or by stretching the muscle or ligament too far. As far as symptoms go, it doesn’t matter if the problem lies with a muscle or tendon, you’re still likely to have symptoms such as pain, discomfort, and loss of range of motion. Make sure to see your chiropractor as soon as symptoms start -- they can help to determine the problem and get you on the road to recovery.

Herniated Disc

Another common cause of back pain is a herniated disc in your lumbar spine. The discs in the spine can rupture, causing the soft inner layer to break through the outer layer and irritate the nerve roots nearby. If the proteins that make up the inner portion of the disc reach the nerve root, then they can also cause inflammation that causes compression of the nerve and pretty significant pain. If you experience pain in your back that doesn’t go away or travels down one of your legs, then see your chiropractor pronto!

Degenerative Disc Disease

When you’re born, the discs in your back that cushion your spinal vertebrae and offer support are full of water. As you age, these discs lose hydration and flexibility, causing them to degenerate. This leaves the discs weak and can lead to herniations or tears that cause you significant pain. The disc can also collapse completely in some cases, leading to a narrowing of the passageways your spinal nerves run through, thereby causing pain. Work with your chiropractor regularly to monitor your level of disc degeneration and keep it from getting worse.

Don't just try to deal with low back pain on your own. Let the chiropractors at The Joint help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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