Back pain be it lower or upper back, can and will cause immense stress. Studies indicate that lower back pain is the number 1 cause of disability in people under the age of 45. This creates problems with living your life, such as going to work, playing a sport you love and being useful for your family.
The Spine Doctors at Divine Spine, say that the lumbar spine is located between the thoracic spine and the sacrum. There are 5 vertebra (L1 to L5) stacked vertically connected by ligaments with an intervertebral disc between them. A healthy disc is like a cushion and acts likes a shock absorber for the spine allowing for flexibility. There are also layers of muscles that support and provide movement to the low back. Every aspect of your spine has to be reviewed with an X-ray in order for a proper assessment to be made.
Joint Dysfunction . This is commonly due to a lumbar subluxation. Which is when a joint in the lumbar spine is out of alignment or motion between the joint is restricted. This usually irritates the nerves and muscles and causes pain.
Muscular Problems. Most commonly from a muscle strain due to heavy lifting, trauma, improper bending or repetitive use.
Degenerated Discs . A subluxation for prolonged period of time can lead to dehydration of the disc. This will cause the disc to shrink in size and the body will send calcium to fill in the gaps. This process is commonly known as degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis.
Lumbar Disc Herniation . A herniated disc may happen suddenly due to a traumatic injury or heavy lifting.