Lower back pain is one of the most common issues our patients have! Lower back pain can result from an injury or strain, and pain can range from mild to severe. In some cases, lower back pain can be so severe that it makes it difficult to walk, sleep, or work. Luckily, your local chiropractor, Park Forest Chiropractic, can help you live a more pain-free life! Learn more about the causes of lower back pain, and if you'd like to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, contact us today!
The Top Four Causes of Lower Back Pain
Muscle Strain or Injury
A common cause of lower back pain is muscle strain or injury. This can be the result of weak muscles, tight muscles, or an accident. The spine — which is made up of vertebrae that are cushioned by discs, along with other supporting ligaments and tendons — helps to cushion the body's movements. When you move, the discs are compressed and released to allow for movement. If you have a muscle injury or strain, this natural cushioning is interrupted causing pain during normal movement.
Bulging Or Ruptured Discs
Another common cause of lower back pain is a bulging or ruptured disc. A disc is where the vertebrae meet and align with your spinal cord. Your discs cushion the vertebrae and allow you to function properly. When a disc becomes damaged, this can cause lower back pain.
As you get older, your body's natural cushioning may decrease, causing arthritis in the spine. Osteoarthritis is one of the main causes of lower back pain in older patients. If this condition is left untreated it can cause more issues like disc herniation and sciatica.
A compression fracture occurs when the center of a vertebrae collapses causing it to weaken and break. This often happens when there is osteoporosis in the spine or trauma to the spine. A compression fracture can cause severe pain and make it hard for patients to move without assistance.
At Park Forest Chiropractic, we work with our patients to prevent future injuries and help relieve current pain — see the conditions we treat. We also provide natural chiropractic care for clients in Park Forest, and if you are experiencing lower back pain or live an active lifestyle that results in common injuries, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our local chiropractors!