Why Your Lower Back is So Vulnerable to Injury
By Sara Butler
Many people see the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic as a result of low back pain. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association says people have an 80 percent chance of suffering from low back pain at some point. Have you ever wondered why the lower back is so vulnerable to injury and pain? Here are just a few of the reasons why people experience low back pain and how the chiropractors at The Joint can help.
The Structures in Your Lower Back
To understand why the lower back seems so vulnerable to pain and injury, you first must look at how the back is structured. You have 24 bones in your spine, called vertebrae, along with your coccyx and sacrum at the bottom of your spine that comprise the tailbone area and connect your spinal column to your hips.
Your spine serves a few main functions. It is your body's structural foundation, helps to allow functional movement to turn your body in all directions, and protects your spinal cord. Each of these functions in incredibly important and can be impacted by joint dysfunctions and restrictions as well as other structural issues in the spine.
Between each bone in your spine is a structure called spinal discs. These tiny cushions work to help absorb shock for your spine and protect the structure in the spine. If one of the discs becomes damaged, then it can bulge and press on the nerves surrounding your spine, causing pain. This is called a bulging or herniated disc.
The lower portion of your spine is susceptible to this condition simply because of all the bending forward and backward you do, as well as sitting. These movements place stress and strain on the spine and the discs in the process. The load your lower back carries to help your move means it's at great risk for injury.
Your lower back has a natural curve. Whenever the natural curve isn't supported and maintained, you're at risk for developing pain and discomfort in your lower back. That means that poor posture can impact the function and feeling of your lower back. Weak muscles in your stomach can also contribute to less support for your lower spine's natural curves and cause problems down the road.
Your body is an amazing machine and can work at its best if you provide it with regular tune-ups. Come into The Joint today for that tune-up and help avoid lower back pain and discomfort in your future!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.