Causes of Pain in the Lower Back

There are a number of different causes of pain in the lower back. Which cause, or causes, you have in particular is an entirely individual thing.

Arthritis is one of the big causes of lower back pain, and one that many people don’t always consider. Quite often people only think of arthritis being in their knee, hip or outer limbs-not their backs.

Thinking about how arthritis can possibly settle into your back is simple. Consider how your back is injured during an accident.

Fractures may occur due to the nature of the accident leaving a weak spot, which is how arthritis settles in. While the fracture may heal well in the present, and look like it has healed with no problems, arthritis will quite often settle into the areas that have been injured nonetheless.

Strained muscles that have been overworked are another cause of pain in the lower back. Consider that strained muscles can occur from anything as simple as walking too fast to messing up a gym workout.

Muscles that have been strained will pull your spine out of place. Depending on you, and what muscles have been strained, your spine can curve backwards, inwards or even to the side-all of which are uncomfortable.

Working on the strained muscles is something that you can do, but only under the supervision of your doctor, and a licensed therapist. You will have to create a personalized workout that will avoid overuse of the strained muscles.

There are many different causes of pain in the lower back, other than arthritis and strained muscles. Obesity is another cause that many people do not want to admit to.

Being overweight puts additional strain on your lower back, pulling the muscles and the lower back out of place. By pulling both of these things out of place, the vertebrae begin to move into positions that they are not naturally supposed to be in.

Your vertebrae, which protect the spinal column, will start to pinch the nerves inside when they are pulled out of place. When those nerves are pinched even more lower back pain is created, sometimes so much so that you just don’t want to even try moving.

Finally, all of these things tie into your pelvis. Due to the fact that your spine sits on top of your pelvis, whether or not your pelvis is in the right place will make all the difference in the world. Yes, that sounds weird at first, but take a look at a skeleton for awhile-and it will suddenly make sense.

Pelvic misplacement is definitely one of the causes of pain in the lower back. And, it’s one of the most overlooked. When planning out a workout for you, the misplacement of the pelvis must be taken into consideration-or else your pain will become worse.

Make sure that you are completely informed about the cause of your lower back pain. Ask the doctor to show you the x-ray, or whatever test was performed to determine the cause. Then work with them to get rid of it.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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