Tens of millions of people suffer from lower back pain at one point or another. If your lower back pain came back after you sought treatment, it possible that your back pain may be a result of a number of unexpected factors. Over the course of this blog post we will take a look at various lower back pain causes.
Most back pain is caused by an injury to perhaps overuse, however in other situations it is difficult to determine what is the exact cause of a patient’s pain. Sometimes it can be something unexpected and not typically associated with back pain. Moreover, some factors might cause minor back problems to worsen.
Lower Back Pain Causes:
The following are some unexpected factors that may increase back pain:
We are putting this one first on our list because poor posture while sitting plays a huge factor in lower back pain. In fact, we have desk related back pain many times before on our blog.
Many jobs depend on computers which usually translates to prolonged sitting throughout the day. This places excessive stress on the spinal column. That stress typically leads to lower back pain. Poor posture can result in the following health issues:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Sore shoulders
- Neck pain
- Leg circulation disorders
- Weakened bones
- Muscle degeneration
- Misaligned hips
It is important to take regular breaks and even include some stretching exercises to reduce back strain. We often suggest patients walk to the water cooler or an equivalent to keep their back from getting stiff.
Several studies suggest that smoking and chronic back pain are linked. According to a 2007 study by a number of University of Rochester Medical Center research physicians, patients with spinal disorders who quit smoking experienced dramatic back pain improvements.
Even more recently, Northwestern University found smokers are three times more likely to develop chronic back pain than nonsmokers. According to the study, smoking affects the way the brain responds to back pain and makes patients less resilient to pain.
Believe it or not, stress and anxiety can be contributing factors in many types of illness or pain including low back pain.
According to Spine Health, “in most theories of stress related back pain, the pain cycle continues and is exacerbated as the pain leads to the patient becoming timid and anxious about daily activities.” In other words, you have back pain and then you begin to worry about it. This causes stress, which, in turn, causes your muscles to tense. Tense muscles make your back pain worse. The cycle continues because you start worrying over your back pain. It goes on and on.
Processed foods and saturated fats help to increase inflammation. Inflammation contribute to many kinds of pain. Inflammation may occur in the cartilage along the spinal columns and other joints. So avoiding these types of food is always a good idea for anyone and particularly for those with chronic lower back pain.
On the other hand, a diet that focuses more on vegetables can help prevent and reduce inflammation. However, not all vegetables are created equal. When you are trying to reduce or prevent inflammation it is best to eat highly colored vegetables such as kale, spinach, carrots, beets, etc.
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Finally, if you suffer from lower back pain contact us at 201.729.0001. Our staff can discuss potential lower back pain causes with you and identify why you are experiencing pain. Our staff at Metropolitan Pain Consultants looks forward to hearing from you. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. Our conveniently located clinics are in West Orange, Aberdeen, and Lyndhurst.