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The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Most people will deal with back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it’s the leading cause of disability across the globe.

You don’t want to be a statistic. If you have back pain, seeking treatment and getting relief means you can return to doing what you love. And we can help with precisely that. 

Here at Active Care Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, our team of chiropractic doctors, occupational therapists, and physiologists specializes in treating low back pain. You can visit any of our offices — conveniently located in Penn Valley, Lafayette Hill, East Falls, North Wales, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — to get the care you need.

Effectively treating back pain often starts with identifying the root cause of the discomfort. Here are a few things that could be to blame for your aching back. 

Soft tissue strain

A lot of back pain arises because people strain or sprain the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in their back. You can cause that problem by repeatedly taxing your back (e.g., doing a full day of yard work, regularly moving heavy items on the job, etc.). But you can also throw out your back, meaning the soft tissue strain comes on suddenly. Twisting or lifting something heavy usually causes this issue. 

We have good news about low back pain that comes from soft tissue strain. With proper rest and conservative treatment — like icing the area and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen — it should heal on its own within a few weeks

Joint issues

The vertebrae in your back are just like any other joint — they can run into problems with misalignment or lack of cushioning. You can get osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis that develops from wear and tear in your back, for example. You can also develop spondylolisthesis if a vertebra slips out of alignment.

A disc problem

You have a disc between each vertebra that cushions your spine as you move. These discs can rupture or break down, causing pain in the process. When you get a herniated disc, part of the disc’s interior presses out onto your spine. That pressure can cause pain along with numbness or pins-and-needles sensations. 

Finding and addressing your back pain cause

At Active Care Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, our team specializes in finding the root cause of your back pain. Then, we tailor a treatment to address not just your discomfort but what’s causing it. 

If you have a herniated disc, for example, one of our chiropractors can perform spinal decompression therapy. This gently creates more space between the vertebrae, alleviating the pressure causing your pain. 

To figure out what’s causing your back pain — and, more importantly, to find relief — visit our team at whichever Active Care Chiropractic & Rehabilitation office is closest to you. Call that office or book an appointment online today. 

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