What Causes Your Back Pain?

Woman having back pain while sitting at desk in officeBack pain is a very common symptom that older as well as younger individuals experience.  It is usually accompanied by difficulty in moving, an inability to stand or walk, pain in the legs, muscle spasms and soreness upon touch. Back pain can occur due to a variety of reasons. The pain may originate from the soft tissues, muscles, bones, nerves or the disc spaces between the vertebrae. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain:

Mechanical causes

A mechanical cause for a back pain is due to the way the spine moves. The most common cause of back pain is intervertebral disc degeneration that occurs due to the breakdown of the disc located between the spinal vertebrae with advancing age. As the disks deteriorate, their cushioning ability is lost resulting in back pain. Other mechanical causes of back pain are muscle spasms, muscular tension and herniated discs.


Spinal injuries like fractures and sprains can cause acute or chronic back pain. Sprains are caused due to the tears in the ligaments supporting the spine. They occur due to the twisting of the back or lifting weights improperly.

Acquired diseases

Some medical problems like spinal stenosis, scoliosis and arthritis can contribute to back pain. Scoliosis causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. The various forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, cause inflammation and swelling in the joints resulting in back pain. Spinal stenosis occurs due to the narrowing of the spinal column, which puts pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord.

Infections and tumors

Infections may cause moderate to severe back pain. When the infection involves the vertebrae, the condition is referred to as osteomyelitis. When the infection occurs in the discs that cushion the vertebrae, the condition is called discitis. Tumors can cause back pain due to the pressure exerted by the abnormal growth on the tissues in the back.

Chiropractic treatment for back pains

Chiropractors use alternative treatments like spinal manipulation, which is aimed at bringing about proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure of the back, particularly the spine. This enables the affected part to heal itself without any medication or surgery. Manipulation is used to restore the mobility of the joints that is restricted by an injury caused due to a traumatic event like falling, repetitive stress or an improper posture. SILVER CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS, provides chiropractic treatment for several orthopedic and neurological conditions including back pain, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Contact us for an appointment.