Lower back pain affects many millions worldwide on a daily basis. Yet most people never know why it truly happens. Without knowing the underlying cause, you will therefore never really be able to eliminate it totally.
This web page will outline the common causes of lower back pain, so you can therefore understand what to target to get relief. I always believe in teaching my readers how to remove pain easily, and to do this you need concise and simple explanation to avoid any confusion.
So to start …
What is Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain is any pain originating in the lower spine, which also includes sciatica. Sciatica is just a form of lower back pain.
The lower back is made from 5 Lumbar vertebrae, your sacrum (which is 5 vertebrae fused to form the wedge shaped bone) and your coccyx (tailbone).
Exiting each joint is a nerve that then joins to form a few trunks of nerves to supply the leg. The two main nerves are your sciatic and femoral nerves.
In the region there are also many muscles, ligaments and tendons that help support your movement.
Pain can therefore occur when any of these structures are irritated, and in most circumstances it is just minor irritations but to a few different elements.
What Actually Causes Lower Back Pain?
The cause of your pain is usually a combination of things. You may think it was how you lifted, bent over or carried some object.
In fact research has proven that ALL back pain is the result of many micro-injuries over a period of time.
So it is not one specific event or activity, but a combination of events that affect various structures in your lower back.
The main elements are:
Muscle Imbalance – this is a combination of both weak and tight muscles. The imbalance at a muscular level also involves joints as every muscle is attached to a joint or more than one.
Joint Imbalance – this is where the motion of the joint is affected. This can come from muscle imbalance or the joint itself can be involved.
Trigger Points – these are small localized spasms of muscle fibers. Trigger points can also cause local joint stiffness, may refer pain remotely, can be active or latent.
Latent trigger points are very common and can allow the formation of muscle imbalances, joint imbalances and the localized joint stiffness.
Inflammation – this usually occurs when there has been a fall or overload of the area. Although there is usually minor inflammation present if there has been joint imbalances present for a period of time.
Combined these are the causes of lower back pain that need addressing.
The lesser common causes include disc issues, stenosis, severe scolioses, arthritis and a few other conditions.
Discs for example may help contribute to your pain, but disc issues occur due to the muscle and joint imbalances present, so not a true underlying cause.
What Should You Do?
Knowing the causes allows you to target these so that pain eases quickly. The first step is therefore identifying exactly which imbalances you have.
There are patterns of imbalance that allow your spine to twist and distort, leading to pain. Identifying these patterns is the only vital skill to learn, and you can therefore target the exact cause of your pain.
However, this same identifying process can be used to monitor your spine to make sure it remains in balance once pain has eased.
This is why we teach this skill free of charge here at this site. No matter what program you decide to use to help ease your pain, finding the imbalances is the key to success.
Simply click the link below to learn how to detect your imbalances, so you know the specific causes of lower back pain.