Causes of Back Pain
- Posted on: Oct 15 2016
Back pain is common in this country. At some point, just about every one of us has at least some moderate back pain. Here are some of the most common factors that can lead to strain that shows itself in your aching back.
Causes of back pain
- Poor physical fitness — When your muscles aren’t very strong, they can’t provide the support that protects you against back pain.
- Obesity — Extra weight puts more strain on the spine and the corresponding muscles. Obesity also usually goes hand in hand with poor physical fitness, compounding the problem.
- Heredity — Certain issues that can lead to back pain tend to have genetic links. So, if you father had a bad back, he may have passed on some of those weaknesses to you.
- Smoking — Smoking is bad for your entire body, but most people don’t know it can directly affect your back. Smoking degenerates the intervertebral discs, which opens you up to back injuries and pain.
- Job — Occupations that require lots of lifting and bending, obviously, can lead to back pain. Lifting and twisting at the same time are real back stainers.
When should you call us?
Many issues with back pain will resolve themselves with rest, and if you stop doing whatever it was that triggered the pain. So, after you’ve injured your back, say by lifting a box without bending your knees properly, if it doesn’t go away with only light activity for a few days, it may be time to call the DFW Center for Spinal Disorders team. Or, if your pain is associated with numbness/tingling, a low-grade fever, weakness in your legs, or changes in your bowels/bladder, these can point to more serious damage and you should definitely call us.
What can we do?
At the DSF Center for Spinal Disorders, our treatment options for back pain cover the gamut. We may give you some core strengthening exercises, postural training, anti-inflammatory medication, therapy, massage, braces, or maybe chiropractic treatment. More serious pain may point to nerve problems, which may call for epidural injections, or even surgery to alleviate the nerve irritation.
Schedule an appointment
If your back pain is lingering without improvement, it may be time to call us at the DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, 817-916-4685.
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