Do you ever ask yourself, “Why does my back hurt?”
Our backs house the spine and numerous muscle groups, nerves, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Most of us depend on its function for more daily movements than we can count. From stability and balance to mobility, the back plays an essential role in everything from making the bed to lifting weights.
A healthy spine allows us range and flexibility, connects portions of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and is the body’s central support, nurturing many of our most basic movements, such as sitting, standing, turning, walking, bending, and others.
When the back or spine becomes impaired, many issues may arise, and all areas of life can be affected. So, finding and treating the injury is paramount to our overall well-being.
You may have back discomfort for countless reasons, ranging from a poorly designed workstation to a car accident.
Some common conditions that cause back pain include:
- Herniated discs, such as a lumbar herniation (lower back) or cervical herniation (neck)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neurological dysfunction
- Sprains, strains, or inflammation
- Bruising of muscles or pulled muscles
- Spine compression
- Habitual poor posture, movement patterns, or lifting techniques
- Untreated or improperly treated spinal injury
- And more