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The 9 Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Lower_Back_Pain1-1When many people experience lower back pain, they often do not even think of the cause right away; they are more concerned on relieving the pain they are in. However, if they are able to identify the source of the pain, they may be able to get a better idea of why they are hurting and the best way to treat it. It is well known that one of the most common reasons for lower back pain are due to problems with the discs in the back, and this can lead to one of the most severe types of pain; but there are many things that can influence lower back pain. Here are 9 of the most common ones:

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  • Sciatica
Sciatica can cause severe pain, usually on one side of the lower body. It can affect the lower back, buttocks, thighs, knees, and even feet, and often results in piercing or burning pain or numbness.
  • Bulging or Herniated Discs
Putting enough strain on the lower back can cause one of the discs in the lower back to bulge or rupture. Reasons that can cause this include a traumatic injury from an accident or fall, extreme or contact sports, lifting a heavy object incorrectly, or repetitive lifting motions.
  • Lumbar Strain
Experiencing a trauma, or participating in sports such as football, basketball, baseball, or golf, can lead to a lumbar injury. The possibility of this injury occurring can be increased by pre-existing conditions such as an excessive lower back curvature, forward-tilting pelvis, weak back or abdominal muscles, or tight hamstrings.
  • Overuse or Underuse of Back Muscles
If the back is not used regularly to lift moderately heavy items like a bag of dog food or a case of water, it back will not be used to doing any strenuous activity. Because of this, helping a friend move or rearranging furniture can then cause lower back pain.
  • Kidney Infections
Experiencing sensitivity and pain around the hip and groin that makes you feel ill or feverish or is sensitive to the touch could be a sign of a kidney infection. Consult a doctor immediately.
  • Bad Posture
Continual slouching, leaning in one direction too much or sitting awkwardly in a chair can all put a bad strain in the lower back.
  • Sleeping Positions
Most people have had the occasional morning of waking up with back pain due to sleeping in the wrong position, sleeping in one position too long, or just sleeping too long. Doing this repeatedly can lead to ongoing lower back pain.
  • Right Handedness
More than two thirds of the population is right handed, and this means that the majority of people accomplish day to day tasks by using the right hand over the 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 side of the lower back, making it far more susceptible to injury.

  • Traumatic Events
A traumatic event can also cause lower back pain. For example, moving or twisting unnaturally can cause a torn muscle. And even if the injury is healed, the scar tissue is not as strong as the original tissue, making it more prone to being re-injured.

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