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Common Causes of Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Back pain has a variety of causes. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many patients whose chief complaint is back pain and they work together to figure out its root cause. If you're dealing with back pain, then here are a few of the most common reasons the chiropractors at The Joint want you to know about. See if any of these sounds as if they could be contributing to your back pain.

Why Back Pain?

Your back, especially the lower back, is a complicated structure. It takes various tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones working together to make sure things are at their best. If one thing is out of place or some vital part of the back is injured, then pain can persist.

It Could Be a Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are a big contributor to back pain. Some people could have a herniated disc and never know it, while others may suffer some of the most intense pain of their lives due to one. Everyone is different, which is why back pain needs to be evaluated by a professional such as a chiropractor.

A herniated disc occurs when the soft inner substance of a vertebral disc in your back begins to bulge or leaks out of the harder outer shell. When this occurs, sensitive nerves in the area can be compressed or irritated and burning, shooting pain can result. It's most often seen with herniated discs that the pain radiates across one buttock and down the leg -- sometimes all the way to the toes. It's a painful condition that needs treatment to help you recover.

Strains and Sprains

Yet another common reason for back pain is strains and sprains. If you start a new activity or you tend to do one activity over and over, such as lifting boxes in the workplace, then you can suffer a sprain or strain of the muscles in the back. This causes sudden pain that can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain and can be treated with the help of a chiropractor.

There are a variety of things that can cause back pain. If you suffer from it, don't ignore it. Instead, work with the chiropractors at The Joint to pinpoint the cause and work on a solution together that results in you being able to reduce or eliminate the pain.

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

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