Three Leading Causes of Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is something that is experienced by many adults at some point in their lifetime. Whether it’s back pain that only lasts a couple days or chronic lower back pain that lasts for several weeks or longer, experiencing a dull ache or sharp stabbing pain in your lower back can cause you to miss out on your favorite activities. For patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain, you may even notice a gradual decline in your quality of life as your pain increases.
At Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in New Jersey, our goal is to help you relieve your lower back pain so you can get back to the lifestyle you enjoy. However, before any treatment plans can be discussed, we must identify the cause of your lower back pain. For many people, lower back pain can be narrowed down to one of three common causes: inactivity, weight gain and repetitive motion. In some cases, these causes go hand in hand. Once we determine what has caused your pain, we can work with you to create a personalized treatment program to help relieve your lower back pain.
Weight gain can lead to lower back pain and other spinal issues
Weight gain is one of the leading causes of lower back pain. As weight accumulates around the middle of your abdomen, the added pounds create pressure on your lumbar spine (lower back), causing the vertebrae in your spine to press down into the cushioning discs that separate them. Over time, as more weight is gained and the pressure on your lumbar vertebrae increases, the discs in the spine may start to bulge outward, which could result in a pinched nerve. This pinched nerve is the cause of everything from the dull ache to the stabbing pains you may be experiencing in your lower back.
A sedentary lifestyle can cause lower back pain to develop
If you live a lifestyle that involves ample amounts of sitting and not much movement or exercise, you may be at risk for developing lower back pain. One of the best combatants of lower back pain is the strong core muscles in the lower abdomen area that help to support the spine. These muscles serve to hold the components of the spine in place, which helps to prevent pinched nerves and injury that can cause lower back pain. If these muscles are not exercised, the spine is not as protected as it could be, and risks like weight gain and improper movement could result in a pinched nerve and chronic lower back pain.
Repetitive motions could lead to chronic lower back pain
If you work in a job or play a sport that requires repetitive motions such as bending, twisting or lifting, your spine may be undergoing unnecessary strain that could lead to lower back pain. Without the proper mechanics or the support of the surrounding muscles, these constant motions could cause a pinched nerve in the lower back, which is the source for chronic lower back pain.
What to do when you are experiencing lower back pain
If you are experiencing lower back pain, you should schedule an appointment with a local physical therapist to determine the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan for lower back pain relief. If you live in the Woodbridge, Edison or Union area of New Jersey, our physical therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation specialize in creating personalized treatment plans for each patient and then walking with our patients through the physical therapy to achieve pain relief. You can schedule an appointment online, or give us a call today.