Lower back pain is often caused by soft tissue damage or mechanical issues. When intervertebral discs are injured or damaged, nerve roots are compacted, or the spinal joints subjected to improper movement, and one is likely to go through episodic lower back pain. Ligament or muscle sprain may occur suddenly or develop over time as one is subjected to repetitive movements. When lower back muscles strain or are overstretched to such an extent that they tear and become damaged, they can become very painful. However, sprains occur when the overstretching and tearing damage the ligaments. Below is what could be causing your discomfort.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
- Lumbar herniated disc: A lumbar disc has a jelly-like center capable of breaking through the strong outer layer, possibly irritating an adjacent nerve root. When the disc’s herniated portion gets into contact with a nerve root, the proteins in it cause inflammation which, when added to nerve compression, results in nerve root pain.
- Facet joint dysfunction: Behind every disc, there are facet joints with cartilage in between, and a capsular ligament within. The capsular ligament has a rich innervation of nerves, which could bring a lot of discomforts when injuries occur.
- Degenerative disc disease: Intervertebral discs are in their healthiest state at birth because they are full of water. However, over time the process of aging causes slow dehydration and wearing down of the discs.
Who is Most Likely To Get Lower Back Pain
According to a report by the CDC’s MMWR, females are more prone to lower back issues than their male counterparts. About 8 in 10 adults have back issues at some point in their life, and at least 25 percent of adults have had this uncomfortable experience in the last 90 days. As of 2017, close to 60 percent of adult patients with lower back issues had recently sought professional help or medical attention to rid them of their agony.
Exercises To Relieve Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can be anguishing. However, with a few exercises you may be able to rid yourself of the excruciating pain.
- Child’s Pose – common among yoga enthusiasts – can gently stretch the aching muscles. Kneel and sit on your sole with your arms raised straight in the air. Then gently stretch or lean forward to bring you face to the floor to touch it with your hands. Return to the original position before repeating 10 times.
- Cow/ Cat Stretch is another effective exercise. With hands and knees touching the floor as if you want to walk on all four limbs, hold your spine parallel to the ground. Stretch your middle back by curving it upwards to form a dome shape, similar to how cats stretch. Hold in that position for 5 seconds before relaxing your stomach to let it fall. Repeat for 3 minutes. Other exercises include knee-to-chest stretch and lower-back twist.
If you need immediate relief and nothing seems to be helping, a chiropractor may apply chiropractic adjustments to help correct any spinal misalignment that may be causing your discomfort. Your chiropractor can also recommend the right exercise, treatment plan, or medication for pain relief.
If you are are experiencing the symptoms or discomfort mentioned above, schedule an appointment online with Multi-Care Medical in Pembroke Pines, Fl or call us at (954) 441-7246. We are located at 11270 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026