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The Common Causes of Low Back Pain

By Sara Butler

Back pain is a condition that impacts the lives of millions of Americans each year. In fact, chances are you'll experience back pain at some point in your life. As the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic like to think, knowledge is power! If you understand the things that can lead to low back pain, then you may be able to avoid experiencing it. Here are some of the most common causes of low back pain you need to know about.

Herniated Discs

Your spine is made up of spinal bones and discs. The job of the discs is to cushion the space between the spinal bones, or vertebrae, and to keep the space open for the spinal nerves to run through on their way to other parts of your body.

The discs are made up of a tough outer layer and soft, squishy inner layer -- a bit like a jelly donut. If the outer layer becomes damaged and the inner layer bulges or begins to leak out, then you have a herniated disc that can press on the spinal nerves and result in a lot of pain.

If you experience pain that radiates down your leg from your lower back, then it might be a herniated disc and should be checked out by the chiropractor.

Strains and Sprains

Muscle strains and sprains can be very painful. This is a type of back pain that occurs when you use ligaments or muscles in ways that you may not be used to. This leads to a muscle or ligament overstretching or even tearing a bit, which can cause intense pain. Make sure to see the chiropractor if you are in an accident, even something as simple as slipping and falling, and start to experience back pain.

Stress

Yes, stress can do more than make you want to pull your hair out - it can also lead to back pain. That's because if you're under constant stress then your body floods itself with stress hormones that cause tense muscles. This is one of the many reasons why it's important to deal with stress every day and not allow it to build up without addressing it.

If you are experiencing back pain, then don't wait. Come to The Joint Chiropractic today for an evaluation to help you get on the road to recovery.

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

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