4 out of 5 adults suffer from back pain.
If you’re here, you are currently one of those 4…
Many back pain sufferers struggle with what’s causing their back pain, not realizing the 8 or more hours they spend sitting could be the main culprit, since the human body is not designed for prolonged sitting.
A common reason your back may hurt is from bad posture while sitting in a slouched or hunched over position.
When you slouch, your spine curves in the opposite direction, putting pressure on the discs (shock absorbers between the bones of the spine) onto the nerve, causing pain.
In a more detailed explanation…
You tend to look down at your screen, phone, or desk, and your head tips forward.
The human head weighs, on average, 10 lbs. Any slight angle forward puts a strain on the muscles of your neck and upper back.
The further that you lean your head forward, and how long you keep that straining posture, determines how much extra work your neck and upper-back need to do.
Together with this, when your shoulders are rolled forward, this will cause you a lack in lumbar support which doesn’t encourage good posture, and will result in back pain.
Though this may be the most common reason to experience pain in your back, there are still other causes, and may be associated with underlying medical conditions such as:
Pain in your lower back is one of the first things you’ll experience if you have a herniated disc.
Pressure on your disc has caused it to push out of its normal shape. This puts strain on the spinal cord and nerves in the area, causing pain and even numbness.
Older people often get a herniated disc as a natural part of the aging process. It can also happen as the result of a fall, lifting something the wrong way, or a repetitive motion injury.
This is also called a lumbar strain. It occurs when you overstretch or twist your back too much.
You may experience pain that extends down into your buttocks but not your legs.
A strain will also make your back stiff and hard to move. While most people recover from a strain within one month, it can also become an ongoing problem if it’s due to poor sitting posture and you don’t take steps to correct it.
This refers to pain of the sciatic nerve, which runs down the base of the spine into the back of your legs. It can be caused by various conditions, including a bone spur on the spine, tightness of your butt muscles, etc.
The pain can be anything from a dull aching sensation to what feels like an electric shock.
Sitting for long periods can make it worse, but you’ll usually only have it on one side.
Degenerative disc disease
When the discs between the bones in the lower spine are damaged, it’s called lumbar or degenerative disc disease.
As we age, our disc being to dry out and, as a result, we can get lower back pain and even “sciatica” like symptoms.
The bones in the spine each have a hole in the middle that form a tube through which the spinal cord runs. This connects the nerves throughout your body to your brain.
When that tube isn’t wide enough, the cord gets squeezed and can cause pain, weakness, or numbness. This is called spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis usually results from a bone spur or shrinking of disc size as we age.