Lower back pain affects millions of Americans, and manifests itself in many different ways. But what is it, exactly, that’s such a pain in your back? In the first part of a three-part series, the Victorville chiropractors at Desert Cities Chiropractic outline a few of the most common causes of back pain.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is one of the most common and most painful lower back ailments, highlighted by a gelatinous cushion, or disk, slipping out of position and pinching a nerve in the spine. This ailment can be caused by being overweight (which puts extra pressure on the spine), performing repetitive lifting, pushing, pulling, and twisting motions, or partaking in high-impact activities like basketball or running.

While many people use over-the-counter medications to treat lower back pain, chiropractic has been shown to relieve pressure and pain from herniated discs while improving flexibility and overall mobility.

Poor Posture / Frequent Sitting

If you’re an office worker who spends most of the day (or all day) sitting at a desk, you’re at a much higher risk for lower back pain. This is one of many symptoms of the colloquially termed “Sitting Disease,” a series of ailments that come from a sedentary office lifestyle. Sitting disease can affect many different systems in the body, and is known to cause increased blood pressure, hypertension, and heart disease, among other things. But sitting all day also increases your risk of lower back pain in the form of pinched nerves, herniated discs, and even compression fractures. Poor posture only increases the likelihood of these ailments, as more pressure is placed on the lower back, condensing the vertebrae and compressing the sciatic nerve.

There’s not much you can do about working in an office, but there are ways to reduce the risk of lower back pain. Sitting up straight with a neutral spine for the entirety of your workday doesn’t feel natural at first, but with some practice and discipline, you’ll develop new muscle memory and strengthen the muscles that support proper posture. Switching out your office chair for a yoga ball can also help you achieve good posture, and it will strengthen your core, too.

Accidents / Lower Back Trauma

Car accidents, sports injuries, and other impact-related injuries can cause a great deal of pain in your neck and lower back which can grow worse if not treated in a timely manner. If you’ve been in some sort of accident, or experience back and neck pain after running or playing sports, consult with your doctor immediately to find the best ways to treat your ailment and relieve your pain.

Visit Your Victorville Chiropractor!

If your physician has identified your lower back pain as something that could be treated with chiropractic, then you need to pay a visit to the chiropractors at Desert Cities Chiropractic! With decades of experience in the world of chiropractic, the staff at Desert Cities Chiropractic are happy to help you relieve back pain so you can get back to your active, comfortable self. Call now to set up an appointment!