What Are the Common Reasons You Have Lower Back Pain?

Man holding his back

After a lot of physical work, it’s normal to have a sore back. You can even get a sore back from sitting at a desk for hours on end without taking a break. Fortunately, you can usually treat back pain with a little rest at home and some methods like icing, heating, and stretching.

However, some types of back pain last for a long time and aren’t treatable with home remedies. When this happens, you may need to visit an orthopedic specialist for treatment.

Common causes of chronic lower back pain

  • Muscle strains — The muscles in your core and lower back provide support for the spine. When these muscles are strained or stiff, they fail to provide adequate support, which increases pressure on your spine and causes lower back pain.
  • Sciatica — Inflammation, and irritation of the sciatic nerve in your lower back can cause pain in the back as well as the legs. There are many different causes of sciatica, including overexertion, sitting for long periods of time, or a slipped disc.
  • Slipped discs — If one of the discs between your vertebrae bursts, the fluid inside can put pressure on the nerves in your spine. This can happen in your lower back, causing sciatica and making it difficult for you to move.
  • Spinal stenosis — Some conditions can cause the spinal column to grow more narrow, which is known as spinal stenosis. When spinal stenosis occurs, the lamina (the protective covering of the spine) puts more pressure on the nerves in your spine. This can cause pain in the lower back and affect your range of motion.

Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for lower back pain treatment

At the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute, we specialize in many different treatments for lower back pain. Many forms of back pain can be treated with chiropractic care or minimally invasive interventional procedures.
More serious forms of back pain may require orthopedic surgery. Don’t be alarmed by this though. Many of our surgery options for lower back pain are minimally invasive and faster than you might expect. Contact us today to learn more about lower back pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.