Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

By Dr. Ravin Sodhi, D.C.

PUBLISHED ON September 19, 2020

Lower back pain can be caused for a variety of reasons. When the pain strikes it can be rather noticeable and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are viable non-surgical treatment options available with chiropractic care, physiotherapy, and massage therapy.

Cause #1: Muscle and Ligament Sprains and Strains

The top cause of lower back pain is when muscles and ligaments are sprained and strained. This type of injury typically occurs when you improperly lift a heavy object or turn in such a manner that causes the muscles or ligaments to be stretched too far and become damaged.

Cause #2: Slipped Disc

If one of the discs in your lower back “slips” out of alignment with the rest of your spine, it can cause lower back pain. There can be several reasons why discs slip. One of the more common causes for slipped discs is the lower back muscles are not being exercised. So, the discs in the spine can slip out because the muscles are not strong enough to hold them in place.

Cause #3: Degenerative Disc Disease

As we age, or from other chronic conditions, the discs in the lower back can start to degenerate. As they do, it can cause pain and discomfort. If left untreated, the disc could even collapse, causing even more severe pain.

Cause #4: Herniated Disc

A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center of the disc escapes into the outer layers and causes nerve irritation. The nerve endings translation this irritation and pain and discomfort.

Cause #5: Arthritis

Arthritis is another cause of lower back pain. This is where the “cushioning” between the vertebra and discs in the back has been worn away. So, all that is left is bone rubbing against bone.

Cause #6: Sports Injuries

Certain types of sports can lead to lower back pain and discomfort, especially contact sports like hockey and football.

Cause #7: Auto Accidents

Most people are sitting when they are involved in an auto accident. The forces from the impacts of the two vehicles can be powerful enough to injure the lower back.

Please remember, these are the more common causes, and there are others as well.

Treatments for Lower Back Pain

Treatments often involve identifying and diagnosing the causes for the lower back pain first. The primary objective is to help alleviate your pain and discomfort in the short-term while determining an effective treatment plan to use long-term. Some types of treatments that could be included in your treatment plan are:

For conditions that are not chronic, a long-term objective is to ensure the injury heals but also help you strengthen the lower back to reduce the likelihood of future problems with lower back pain and discomfort.

If you are experiencing lower back pain, please feel free to contact Active Life Wellness Center in Brampton by calling (905) 458-6677 today!

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