What Are the Most Common Causes of Back Pain?

Back pain is a common issue for many people, and there are numerous causes for it. For example, someone might suffer from back pain because of a lack of movement or the way they sleep at night. Age also plays a huge factor in a variety of pains, especially those in the back. Lastly, several medical conditions are also known to cause both upper and lower back pain. Knowing and understanding your back pain can help you determine the best way to address it.


Stretching isn’t just for runners; it’s very beneficial to everyone. If you don’t follow a regimen of stretching, it could lead to strained muscles and back pain. Typically, straining your back can lead to other forms of back issues such as tension, or injury. These often include the following:

Strained muscles or ligaments
• Muscle spasms
• Muscle tension
• Damaged disks

Without proper and regular stretching, you might find that even daily activities put significant strain on your back. For instance, if you lift something heavy and incorrectly you could feel your back muscles tighten or spasm. Likewise, sudden or awkward movements might do the same. To prevent and minimize strain, stretch regularly and correctly.

Structural Issues

Sometimes, back pain isn’t quite as easy to identify. Age plays a significant part in many forms of back pain. Over the years, the stress from sports or poor posture can lead to structural issues in your spine. Your chiropractor has extensive training in x-rays. They can look over them thoroughly and determine if you are dealing with one of the following structural issues:
  • Ruptured disks. Small disks help to cushion the vertebra in your spine, and if one of them ruptures, the result is more pressure placed on the nerve, causing back pain.
  • Bulging disks. A bulging disk causes pressure to be put on nerves which can also cause back pain.
  • Sciatica. If a bulging or herniated disk puts pressure on a nerve, it can cause a sharp pain to shoot through the buttock and down the leg.
  • Arthritis. Arthritis can cause pain in the hips, back, and other joints. It can sometimes even cause spinal stenosis; a condition where the spinal cord narrows.
  • Abnormal curvature. Any abnormal curving in your spine will cause pain.
  • Osteoporosis. This causes bones to become brittle and can cause compression fractures to occur more often.
  • Kidney problems. Kidney stones or infections can also cause back pain.

Sleeping on Your Stomach

Surprisingly, the way you sleep also impacts the way your back feels. Sleeping on your stomach puts pressure on joints and muscles, resulting in back pain. However, sleeping on your back keeps your spine elongated, and promotes better posture. When sleeping on your stomach, try sleeping with a pillow under your hips to help relieve pressure from disks. Additionally, sleeping on a medium mattress can help reduce the pain in your back regardless of your sleeping position.

There are many causes of back pain, and it’s important to recognize the causes. If you are suffering from back pain, it is necessary to see a medical professional as soon as possible. Many conditions are severe and require immediate medical attention. If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain, contact Lake Pointe Chiro and speak with a specialist about finding a treatment option that is right for you. At Lake Pointe Chiro, we have everything you need to live a healthy and pain-free life.