3 Major Cause of Chronic Back Pain

Major Cause of Chronic Back PainWhile many suffer from acute back pain issues, few find the underlying cause unless the pain becomes chronic. Unfortunately, that means the pain may very well return, and with a vengeance. How can you know what is causing your back pain and how to prevent the problem from becoming a long-term issue?

Common Causes of Back Pain

Consider the following 3 common causes of backache:

  1. Soft Tissue Damage – According to a Consumer Reports survey, about one-third of back pain stems from injuries to the tendons, muscles or ligaments. Whether the injury is a sprain, strain, or spasm, the damage is generally caused by overuse or repetitive motion.
  2. Degenerative Spine Problems – From arthritis and spinal stenosis to spondylolisthesis, degenerative problems can develop over the course of a decade or more. The acute pain felt today may be an indicator of an injury in the past as well as future chronic pain. The discs between the vertebrae may begin to wear resulting in rubbing. Eventually, the body’s response to spinal degeneration is to grow new bone and thicken ligaments. While this process provides additional support, it can limit range of movement and lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain.
  3. Bulging or Herniated Discs – When the disc between two vertebrae begins to bulge, the herniated disc may compress nerves. When this occurs in the lower back, the nerve that gets compressed is often the sciatic nerve. This can cause pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and down the leg on the affected side.

The Upper Cervical Solution to Backache

An often-overlooked cause of back pain is an upper cervical misalignment. When the C1 and C2 at the top of the neck are out of position, the rest of the spine moves to compensate. This can cause soft tissue damage, set degenerative problems in motion, and even lead to nerve compression. Correcting the initial misalignment in the neck can slow or stop degeneration and give the body the time it needs to heal.

Upper cervical chiropractic offers low force corrections that are gentle, safe, and long-lasting. To learn more about this very specific type of chiropractic, contact a practitioner near you.

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