You are not alone. Low back pain occurs in about 80% of the general population.
The back is a complex structure and network of nerves, vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. There are multiple causes of injury. However, we can often classify low back pain into 2 different categories, mechanical pain or neural pain.
Mechanical pain refers to the often localized pain caused by soft tissue or bones. Frequently, those suffering from mechanical based pain experience increased pain levels when twisting, lifting, standing, or sitting. This pain is caused by a muscle strain, a ligament sprain, or joint dysfunction, such as that in the sacroiliac (SI) joint.
Neural pain, on the other hand, happens when a nerve is pinched, compressed, or aggravated. It may feel like a burning, tingling, or numbing sensation. This type of pain may radiate from the low back, through the buttocks, and down the leg.
What is the most common cause of low back pain?
Common causes include improper movement techniques, such as lifting an object incorrectly, degenerative disc disease, and a compressed sciatic nerve.
Improper lifting techniques are common in the workplace. Learning to lift and move with heavy objects correctly can prevent reoccurrence. However, if the injury has already been done, it is likely that a strain has occurred to the low back muscles.
Degenerative disc disease eventually happens to everyone. We have shock-absorbing discs in between the spinal vertebrae. Over time, these discs lose their shock-absorbing abilities due to wear and tear. It is a natural breakdown in the body. Unfortunately, it can cause pain due to the lack of support and cushion between the vertebral bones of the spine.
A compressed sciatic nerve can happen for various reasons. Reasons for sciatic pain in the low back include tight muscles pressing on the neural root, a herniated disc, and degenerative disc disease. This creates neural pain which can have varying degrees of limitations.
Other common causes include tight hip flexor muscles, a tight piriformis, or tight hamstrings. The hip flexor muscles and hamstrings can pull on the pelvis and back, causing misalignments. The piriformis muscle may become tight, pressing down on the sciatic nerve.
At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our therapists will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition. From there, we will determine the appropriate techniques and treatment strategies to get you back to feeling your best.
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