Causes of Back Pain in Adults

Causes of Back Pain in Adults

Back pain is incredibly common, affecting a vast majority of adults at some point in their lives. Oftentimes, there’s rarely a single definitive cause, but rather a combination of factors contributing to the issue. Here are some of the leading causes of back pain in adults:

Musculoskeletal Issues:
• Muscle Strain: This is the most common culprit, often resulting from lifting heavy objects, awkward movements, or poor posture.
• Spinal Disc Problems: Discs cushion the vertebrae, but herniation, bulging, or degeneration can cause pain and inflammation.
• Arthritis: Wear and tear in joints, like osteoarthritis, can affect the spine and lead to pain and stiffness.
• Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal puts pressure on nerves, causing pain, numbness, and weakness.

Lifestyle Factors:
• Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity weakens muscles that support the spine, increasing susceptibility to pain.
• Obesity: Excess weight puts extra strain on the back, particularly the lower back.
• Poor Posture: Slouching, hunching, or bad sitting habits can lead to muscle strain and imbalance.
• Repetitive Activities: Jobs or hobbies involving repetitive bending, lifting, or twisting can stress the back.
• Smoking: Smoking reduces blood flow to the spine, hindering healing and contributing to pain.

Other potential contributors:
• Stress: Chronic stress can exacerbate pain perception and muscle tension.
• Mental Health Conditions: Anxiety and depression can be linked to increased back pain risk.
• Age: While back pain can strike at any age, it becomes more common as we age due to natural wear and tear.
• Underlying Medical Conditions: Certain conditions like fibromyalgia, kidney stones, and endometriosis can sometimes manifest as back pain.

Remember: This is not an exhaustive list, and the specific cause of your back pain can vary greatly. Consulting a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan is crucial. They can assess your individual circumstances, suggest appropriate interventions, and help you manage your pain effectively.

If you are considering chiropractic care for your back pain, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with Dr. Desiree Van Bogart at Desired Health Chiropractic to learn how to get your health back on track.

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