5 Causes of Lower Back Pain

A staggering 80% of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It makes sense then that back pain is one of the most common health complaints. 

At Advantage Spinal Dynamics in Meridian, Idaho, we’re experts at treating back pain. We provide a variety of treatment options that are gentle, effective, and noninvasive. And we can also suggest lifestyle changes that may improve your condition. With that in mind, Dr. Jamie Ricks and our team have compiled this helpful guide to five common causes of back pain.

Prolonged sitting

Sitting for prolonged periods of time is a common cause of sciatica. When you remain seated for too long, you place a huge amount of weight on the spinal discs in your lower back. These same discs can also compress the sciatic nerve in your lower back, which causes radiating pain that shoots down your legs. 

Because many of us work desk jobs that require us to sit for prolonged periods, we understand that avoiding this can be difficult. But you can help improve the condition by getting up to take a short walk every 20 minutes. Taking a walk doesn’t just prevent future back pain, it also helps alleviate existing pain and stiffness. 

Improper footwear

Believe it or not, the shoes you wear can actually exacerbate your back pain. As an example, high heels can shift your body weight, making you flex at the hips. This causes stress on the muscles, nerves, and vertebrae in your lower back.

Shoes with improper arch support or insoles that aren’t cushioned can also cause back pain. With every step that you take in improper footwear, you can impact your lower back. 

Carrying excess weight

Did you know that your lower spine actually supports your entire body weight? So, when you’re overweight, you’re actually placing an exorbitant amount of pressure on your lower spine. This can lead to compression and pain. And, studies show that obesity can increase your risk for lower back pain and sciatica.

Improper movements

Some movements, like bending, twisting, and lifting, are commonly performed improperly. You need to exercise caution by avoiding sudden or awkward moves, or by using proper lifting technique. Be sure to use the muscles in your legs and avoid placing all of the pressure on your lower back during these activities.

Keeping items in your back pockets

Keeping your wallet or your cellphone in your back pocket can place direct pressure on the nerves and muscles in your lower back. This can exacerbate lower back and sciatic pain.

You don’t have to suffer through lower back pain. You can experience lasting pain relief. Call us for an appointment or schedule right on our website today. 

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