Low back pain is something just about everyone has experienced at some point in their life. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain on a regular basis. Additionally, chronic low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. There are many everyday practices that cause lower back pain and discomfort. At Innovative Health & Wellness in Buckhead, our priority is optimizing your health and well-being. Therefore, we have composed a list of some of the common causes of lower back pain, as well as some of the ways to relieve back pain. Please continue reading below.
#1 Sports Injuries
While anyone is susceptible to suffering from lower back pain, some people are more at risk of lower back pain because of their lifestyle. Athletes and those people participating in highly active physical activities are at a higher risk for suffering a back injury that could lead to acute or chronic lower back pain. Whether it’s football, golf, cycling, running, weight lifting, or tennis, these activities place a great deal of stress on the spine. These activities often involve twisting, turning, bending, while sometimes absorbing a great deal of pressure, all of which can cause a muscle strain or ligament sprain. Although living an active lifestyle is incredibly healthy, it’s important to know your limits. Pay attention to your body. Stretch before any strenuous activity, and be sure to stay hydrated, as water replenishes your cells and muscles. Icing your back after physical activity will help decrease inflammation and soreness.
#2 Auto Injuries
Auto accidents produce a tremendous amount of force that can damage your lower back. While whiplash is another common auto injury, the low back is also affected by the jerking motion, which can damage the spinal discs and joint facets. The trauma of an accident can cause herniated and bulging discs, a painful condition that occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes out through a crack in the disc’s tough exterior. The pain ranges from mild to excruciating, often leading to issues with the sciatic nerve which creates intense pain that radiates from the sacrum, under the buttock, and down through the hip into the leg. It’s best to seek medical treatment with one of our amazing chiropractors at Innovative Health if you experience lower back pain related to an auto accident.
#3 Prolonged Sitting
Sitting at a desk or in a car for extended periods of time places a lot of stress on your lumbar spine that causes back soreness and stiffness. Remaining static in the same seated position causes strain on the nerves, which leads to pain in the lower back the usually extends into the buttocks and legs. While we all try to remember our moms telling us to sit up straight, we usually fall short of maintaining proper posture. But even practicing good ergonomics doesn’t always mean your lower back won’t suffer. Try taking a break from sitting by standing up and walking around to get the blood flowing. Practice stretching throughout the day to minimize muscle tension and spasm that causes radiating nerve pain.
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If you’re suffering from lower back pain and are seeking relief, please contact our friendly, experienced health professionals at Innovative Health & Wellness. Your health and wellness are our main priority. Call us today to schedule an appointment or request a free consultation with our health specialists. We look forward to helping you heal.