Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
The American Chiropractic Association states that at least 31 million Americans are suffering from lower back pain at any one point in time. This number increases exponentially when you look at the global population.
There are many reasons why people experience lower back pain.
What’s important to know is that back pain can either be acute, which means that it is recent… or it could be chronic, which means you’ve been having it for a long time.
The treatment for chronic back pain is NOT the same as acute back pain. Chronic back pain occurs when one of the intervertebral discs protrudes and impinges/compresses the nerve.
Due to this disturbance in the spinal alignment, chronic pain occurs.
The good news is that in most of cases, the back pain is acute. You can mitigate the pain or even make it disappear with a few remedial actions.
In this article, we’ll look at a few common causes and what you can do to help yourself.
The cartilage in your body needs water to be soft and spongy. When you’re dehydrated, small cracks occur in the cartilage and this could lead to back pain. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily.
* Sitting too long
A very common cause. When you’re seated for too long, there is bound to be some slouching, and this can lead to back pain.
Get up and walk about every 30 minutes or so.
Stretch a little, have a glass of water, etc. The goal is to get some activity to improve your circulation.
* Poor posture
Another very common cause that leads to back pain. While you will not feel the effects overnight, poor posture over time can lead to spinal problems and back pain.
Always maintain good posture.
* Excess weight
This is especially applicable to men who tend to gain weight on the midsection. When the belly is big, it places pressure on your spine.
Your body needs to compensate to hold up your protruding stomach.
This will cause your back to ache. The simple solution here will be to lose your excess pounds.
* Weak core
Your core muscles are very important. They’re what hold up your entire body. When your core is weak, you might throw out your back or struggle with many movements.
You may not feel it, but everything is more difficult when your core is weak.
Do planks, hanging leg raises, exercises with a Swiss ball, etc. to strengthen your core. When your core is strong, your back will not have to do all the work.
That will ease the amount of stress on the back and you’ll have less back pain.
* Vitamin deficiency
Your bones need vitamins such as vitamin B6 and B12, calcium, zinc, etc. You may wish to take a multivitamin daily because it can be difficult to gauge if you’re getting sufficient vitamins based on your food.
This is a form of inflammation which can lead to back pain. The uric acid crystals in your joints can be very painful.
Avoid eating rich foods such as meat and do not consume alcohol. In fact, switching to a vegetarian diet for a month will be extremely helpful for treating gout.
These are just a few common causes of back pain.
The first step to treating acute back pain to give prevent these causes, which is quite simple.
You may notice that your back pain goes away after that. It is a good idea to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis as to what type of back pain you have.
You may be prescribed some pain relief medication. You can use that temporarily while you try out the methods above and see if they work for you.