What Causes Low Back Pain
“What Actually Causes Chronic Back Pain And How Can You Solve It…”
In search of a cure for lower back pain?
Did you know studies show that 80-90% of all Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their life? Some will have pain that comes and goes. Others will experience pain that stays and becomes chronic.
Many times, back pain that comes and goes gradually becomes chronic if it is not treated properly.
So, What Causes Back Pain?
Most back pain is mechanical in nature. This means, in most cases, it is caused by your spine not moving and working properly. Back pain can also be caused from diseases and tumors, but this is the minority of cases. Your spine is made up of a 24 individual bones that stack up on each other like blocks. Between every two bones is a vertebral disc.
These discs are like a jelly donut. They have a soft, jelly like inside and a tough outside.
These discs help to “glue” your spinal bones together and also serve as shock absorbers for your spine.
Because of the way your spine is designed, your spinal bones can move freely – allowing you to bend forward, backward, side-to-side and twist.
Here’s Where The Problem Starts:
Your spinal bones can move a little too far. When this occurs, the tough outer material of your disc and the surrounding ligaments that help hold the spinal bones in place can be stretched.
When ligaments are stretched, it is called a sprain.
Now when you move, your spine doesn’t move as smoothly as it should. The stress and strain of normal movement causes more stretching of the disc and ligaments. It also can cause inflammation and pain. This is similar to the front end of your car.
When it is out of alignment, your wheels wear unevenly and quicker then they should.
So now, your spine is wearing unevenly and quicker than it should. This is called degenerative joint disease or arthritis. As time goes on, more damage is done. And eventually, the outer layers of your disc wear out and tear. When that happens, the soft jelly-like substance inside can start to leak out.
That Leakage Is Called A Herniated Disc
A herniated disc can cause major problems. Depending on where it leaks out, it can pinch on the nerves or spinal chord and cause severe pain and/or numbness to where ever those nerves go. The nerves in the lower back go down into your legs. That’s why herniated lumbar (low back) discs often cause symptoms in your legs. The herniated disc we described above came from a period of abnormal wear and tear on the spine. A herniated disc can also come from one severe trauma such as a car accident or slip and fall.
No matter how the damage was caused (over time or by one severe trauma) once it occurs it starts this vicious cycle of more and more abnormal wear and tear… and… of course…pain. This vicious cycle will continue until the disc and spinal joint mechanics are fixed properly.
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