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9 Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 08:01 AM

Lower back painWhen you are experiencing lower back pain, you may not be thinking about the cause right away. You're probably just focusing on relieving the pain. However, by identifying the source of your pain, you may be able to get a better idea of why you are hurting and how to best treat it. Although there are many things that can influence it, below are 9 common causes of lower back pain.

  1. Sciatica
    Sciatica can cause you to experience pain just on one side. Right or left, your lower back as well as your buttocks and leg can experience piercing or burning pain or even numbness. 
  2. Lumbar strain
    Trauma, weight lifting or football, basketball, baseball, and golf can lead to a lumbar injury. Pre-exisiting conditions like excessive lower back curvature, forward-tilted pelvis, weak back and/or abdominal muscles, and tight hamstrings can increase the possibiity of this injury. 
  3. Bulging or ruptured discs
    Have you put enough strain on your back to cause one of your lumbar discs to bulge and become herniated? A traumatic injury due to an accident or a fall, extreme or contact sports, incorrect lifting, repetitive lifting motions and other events can cause bulging or ruptured discs.
  4. Kidney infections
    If you are experiencing sensitivity and pain around the hip and groin that is sensitive to the touch and makes you feel ill or feverish, see a doctor about your kidneys.  
  5. Overuse and under use of back muscles
    If you not regularly using your back to lift common household items like cases of water or large sacks of dog food, when you then have a strenous day helping a neighbor move or rearranging furniture you can cause lower back pain.
  6. Bad posture 
    Mom's admonitions to "Sit up straight!" weren't just for how you appear. Continual slouching, leaning in one direction or the other too much or sitting slid down in your chair all can put a strain on your back. 
  7. Sleeping positions
    We all have occasional mornings of waking with back pain from sleeping in one position too long or just sleeping too long period. Repitition of these can cause ongoing lower back pain.
  8. Right Handedness
    More than two thirds of the population is right handed and this means that more of us accomplish day to day tasks using primarily our right hand over our left. Because the right side of the body takes on the bulk of the weight when a right handed person picks anything up, it means that more stress is put on the right portion of the lumbar region, making it far more susceptible to injury.
  9. Traumatic Events 
    A traumatic event can also cause pain to be centralized to the right side of your back. For instance, if you were to help a friend relocate and twisted unnaturally to maneuver a piece of furniture, you could wind up tearing a muscle in your lumbar region. If you twisted your right side, then this is where the injury (and pain) would be located. Even if it is an old injury that healed, the scar tissue would never be as strong as the original tissue, making it more prone to being reinjured.

Lessening The Problem
If your lower back problems are being caused only from excess strain being put on your back, changing your habits can help. However, if you are having some serious disc problems, then you should consider Illinois Back Institute's functional disc rehydration therapy. This revolutionary treatment helps to guide vital nutrients and oxygen to the nucleus of the afflicted disc or discs by taking pressure off of them. In the meantime, the supporting muscles are strengthened and reactivated to help the spine become stable once again, while also eliminating tissue stress.

Getting  Help 
Have you experienced any of these common causes of lower back pain? The Illinois Back Institute has great experience with treating conditions including stenosis, sciatica, neck pain, degenerated, herniated, and bulging disc. For more information regarding how you may resolve your lower back pain, request a free back consultation.

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