Low Back Pain
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What causes low back pain?
Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Many experts believe that over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure. This leads to a constant tension on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, making the back more prone to injury or reinjury. Additionally, scar tissue created when the injured back heals itself does not have the strength or flexibility of normal tissue. Buildup of scar tissue from repeated injuries eventually weakens the back and can lead to more serious injury.
The causes of pain in the low back, or lumbosacral region, tend to add on to one another. For example, after straining muscles, you are likely to walk or move in different ways to avoid pain or to use muscles that aren't sore. That can cause you to strain other muscles that don't usually move that way.
The most common causes of low back pain are:
- Injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, or joints
- Compression of nerve roots in the spinal canal. This could be indicative of :
- A herniated disc (slipped disc)
- Osteoarthritis (joint degeneration)
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis (slippage of the vertebrae)
- Spinal stenosis (age-induced narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Fractures of the vertebrae caused by significant force, such as from an auto or bicycle accident, a direct blow to the spine, or compressing the spine by falling onto the buttocks or head.
- Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Compression fractures
- Nerve or muscle irritation
- Obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, posture inappropriate for the activity being performed, and poor sleeping position may also contribute to low back pain.
- Diabetic neuropathy
Most low back pain is caused by a combination of factors.