Causes of Low Back Pain

The causes of low back pain are usually due to strain of the muscles supporting the spine, damage to the vertebra protecting the spine, or damage to the discs, tendons and ligaments protecting the spine. There are many things that need to go right for us to keep standing straight and pain free, and we may feel the cruel affects when things go wrong. Don't despair though. Though the spine and associated structures of the back are fragile, our body has an amazing to heal itself, and there are back pain treatments available to help us along the way, towards getting better. Before we discover some of the ways to treat your problem, let's look at some of the causes of low pack pain.

Strain and Overuse - People may experience back pain through an acute injury, or when they simply push the envelope of what their body can handle too far. Though the body is some machine, able leap amazing distances and run marathons, it may become injured it is does not have proper rest between certain levels of activity. If we continue to put pressures on joints while there is some soft tissue damage, we could make the problem worse. If we walk or lift objects with bad posture, we may also run a risk of injury. We may feel the effects of low back pain through the overuse of sacroiliac joints, facet joints, tendons, and supportive muscles.

Injury - People may cause injury to their back/neck through an automobile injury or other type of trauma that suddenly throws their body out of proper alignment. Car accidents are a common cause of back pain. Cervical injuries from trampolines are another common cause of back pain. One term commonly associated with car accidents involving back pain is whiplash.

Spinal Stenosis - Spinal stenosis, like osteoarthritis, is a joint pain symptoms commonly associated with "old age" and "wear and tear". Older patients and older people will be more likely to have spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. The cause of this narrowing may be due to the build up or scar tissue or calcification on the vertebral bones. This narrowing may eventually squeeze the spinal chord itself or push into the nerve roots.

Fractures of the Vertebra - A healthy vertebrae is actually very strong and can handle a lot of sudden force and pressures put upon it. Still, we are a machine and can only handle so much, and all out bones are prone to break or fracture. Usually, it will take a severe force to break a vertebral bone, such as a car accident or blindside hit from a defensive linemen. The prognosis for recovery for fractured vertebrae will remain good as long as the spinal chord itself is not damaged.

Compression fractures - Compression fractures usually involve a break or damage to the vertebral bones despite a minimal amount of force that is applied to it. People that are prone to compression fractures include those with some type of disease that make their bones weak, such as Osteogenesis imperfecta.