Lower Back Pain

In a large survey conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than a quarter of adults experience lower back pain during their lifetime. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine discusses common lower back pain causes for our patients in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.

What You Need to Know About Lower Back Pain

Almost everyone will experience lower back pain during their lives. When pain strikes, either mild or severe, everyday activities can become difficult. Most back pain is short term and can resolve with self-care. Chronic back pain can persist for 12 weeks or longer and typically needs the help of a pain management physician.

The lower back is where most pain occurs in the spine. The lumbar spine is made up of first five vertebras, which supports most of the body’s weight. The spaces between these vertebras are called discs and they act like shock absorbers to cushion the bones during movement. Ligaments, tendons and 31 pairs of nerves are connected to the spinal cord. All of these items work in unison to send pain signals to the brain.

What You Need to Know About Common Lower Back Pain Causes

There are numerous causes of lower back pain. Pain can occur after lifting or bending. Pain can also occur as the spine ages. The majority of lower back pain is caused by mechanical issues. These lower back pain causes include:

Additional lower back pain causes can be linked to underlying health conditions such as:

Age, weight gain, genetics and occupational hazards are all connected to an individual’s risk of developing lower back pain. If you would like more information on lower back pain causes, call OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine, serving patients in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.

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