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Understanding the Causes of Back Pain: Insights from Chiropractic Experts

Back pain is a widespread problem that can significantly affect daily life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than one million workers suffer back injuries annually, and back injuries account for one in five workplace injuries or illnesses. Identifying the root causes of back pain is essential for effective treatment and long-term relief. As experienced chiropractors, we specialize in diagnosing and addressing these underlying causes to help you regain mobility and improve your quality of life.

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Common causes of back pain:

1. Poor posture:

Maintaining poor posture for prolonged periods can strain the muscles and ligaments in your back, causing discomfort and pain. Over decades, poor posture can stress joints and lead to spinal and disc degeneration. Take a look at our previous blog for ergonomic tips for your workspace.

2. Muscle strain:

Overuse, repetitive movements, or sudden exertion can cause muscle strain and lead to back pain. Improper lifting techniques and inadequate warm-up can contribute to muscle injuries.

3. Spinal misalignment:

Spinal misalignments, known as subluxations in the chiropractic world, can put pressure on nerves, causing pain, stiffness, limited mobility and radiating symptoms.

4. Herniated discs:

Herniated discs occur when the soft inner material of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer, think of the jelly extruding out of the center of the doughnut. It causes irritation to nearby nerves causing pain, tingling or numbness, often radiating down the legs. or the buttocks.

5. Degenerative Disc Disease:

As people age, spinal discs naturally begin to wear out due to the wear and tear of life. These degenerative changes can cause decreased cushioning between the vertebrae, causing the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis.

6. Spinal stenosis:

This condition occurs when the space within the vertebrae narrows, putting pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, causing pain, numbness, and weakness.

7. Trauma or injury:

Car accidents, falls, or sports injuries can cause acute or chronic back pain by injuring or damaging spinal structures and surrounding soft tissues.

8. Lifestyle factors:

Sedentary lifestyles, obesity, smoking and poor nutrition can weaken muscles, increase inflammation and accelerate degenerative changes in the spine, contributing to back pain.

Understanding the underlying causes of back pain is the first step toward effective treatment and long-term relief. If you are experiencing back pain, do not hesitate to seek professional help from chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in addressing these problems.

Take control of your back pain today!

Don't let back pain stop you from living your life to the fullest. Our team of experienced chiropractors is here to help you find relief and regain mobility. Contact us at (904) 582-5200 or book online at to schedule an appointment and begin your journey to a pain-free life.

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