Know someone or are you suffering from back pain? Read this controversial article on the most common causes of lower back pain. In this article you’ll learn the most common causes but also what many medical providers aren’t talking about when you go to see them for back pain.
Suffering from sharp back pain? Well, you are not alone. Millions of Americans have ongoing back pain and it is the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45. Though back pain is not always serious, but in some cases pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is not right.
After cough and cold, low back pain is the most common reason for visits to a General Practitioner. Despite a host of treatment options including acupuncture, drugs, injections, manual therapies and surgery, nothing is more likely to work than staying active. Back pain comes in two categories:
• Acute Low Back Pain
It happens abruptly and heals up within a number of days to weeks. The source of pain is typically the muscles and ligaments, joints, or discs. Occasionally, back pain is caused due to tight muscles, degenerative discs, and inflamed facet joints.
• Chronic Back Pain
It persists for over 3 months and it might get worse with specific activities. Though it can be difficult to find the source, possible causes might include nerve damage, arthritis, or scarring.
The bottom part of your back typically has just 5 vertebrae, fewer than your neck and mid-back. And these vertebrae do a lot of heavy lifting as this area experience a lot of movement and stress, which might lead to wear, tear and injuries. But what could be triggering your back pain? In order to get a better idea this webcast has come up with 3 common causes of lower back pain your medical provider is not talking about:
• Lifestyle Factors
Multiple studies have established a close link between smoking and lower back pain. Smoking triggers inflammation inside the body and restricts the body from healing itself. Moreover, obesity is also connected with various types of chronic pain, including the lower back pain. People with high body mass index (BMI) experience increased stress on their spine, contributing to even more wear and tear.
In addition to it, your level of physical activity can also play a significant role in your lower back health. However a sedentary lifestyle and excessive physical activity could also increase your risk of developing lower back pain.
• Pancreatitis and Kidney Infection
Pancreas is an organ in your abdomen that produces insulin, a hormone which is required by your cells to break down food for energy. Though the pain from pancreatitis originates in the upper abdomen, the abdominal pain travels to the back, and is typically on the right side. However, pancreatitis does not cause back without other symptoms including stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
Kidney conditions might also cause back pain as they are located towards the back of your body at the level of your mid-back. Kidney stones and kidney infections accounts for back pain on the respective affected side. Many people have kidney stones and they never know they have them. Pain caused by kidney infections might spread from kidney to your lower stomach.
• Back Injuries
A bad fall or car accident can cause a lower back injury. Some back injuries can be sudden and traumatic, and some happen slowly and gradually over time. It is the everyday tasks, like holding a child, carrying a laundry basket up the stairs or while bending over to pick up a sock from under the bed; you are just as likely to twist your back in all such cases.
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However, factors including herniated discs and arthritis of spine account for the most common causes for lower back pain.
Your physical therapist should be your first point of contact if you suffer from lower back pain. The best part is that surgery is rarely needed in case of lower back pain, as only about one in ten patients require a lower back surgery.
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About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.