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When My Back Goes Out, Where Does It Go?

Exploring the Top 5 Causes of Back Pain

Do you ever wonder why your back suddenly decides to throw a fit, leaving you in discomfort and questioning your every move? Back pain is incredibly common, affecting millions of people in the UK and often disrupting daily life. But what exactly causes this frustrating ailment? Let's delve into the top five most common reasons for back pain:

Poor Posture: One of the leading culprits behind back pain is poor posture. Whether you're slouching at your desk, hunching over your phone, or improperly lifting heavy objects, bad posture can put excessive strain on your spine, leading to discomfort and stiffness.

Muscle Strain: Overexertion or sudden movements can strain the muscles and ligaments in your back, causing acute pain. This often occurs during activities like lifting heavy objects without proper form or engaging in strenuous physical activities without adequate warm-up.

Spinal Disc Problems: The discs between your vertebrae act as shock absorbers, but they can bulge, herniate, or degenerate over time, leading to back pain. Conditions like degenerative disc disease or herniated discs can result in nerve compression and persistent discomfort.

Sedentary Lifestyle: Prolonged sitting or leading a sedentary lifestyle weakens the muscles that support your spine, contributing to back pain. Lack of regular exercise and mobility can also lead to stiffness and decreased flexibility, exacerbating existing issues.

Structural Abnormalities: Structural abnormalities in the spine, such as scoliosis, spinal stenosis, or osteoporosis, can cause chronic back pain. These conditions may develop gradually over time or result from genetic predispositions, impacting the alignment and stability of the spine.

Understanding the common causes of back pain is the first step toward finding relief and preventing future episodes. Incorporating practices like maintaining good posture, staying active with regular exercise, and practicing proper lifting techniques can help alleviate discomfort and promote spinal health. If you experience persistent or severe back pain, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Remember, taking proactive steps to care for your back can go a long way in keeping it happy and healthy for years to come. So, the next time your back decides to "go out," you'll be better equipped to understand where it's coming from and how to get it back on track!


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Blog by Amanda L. Ager, PhD (candidate), Physiotherapist. If you'd like to book an appointment today, please contact us.


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