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Therapy for Low Back Pain
The structures involved in low back pain often include one or more of the following:
Joint of the lumbar spine and / or pelvis
Misalignments can cause uneven wear and tear, and stress on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Think of the tires on your car, if they are out of alignment they wear out faster.
Arthritis and bone spurs (think rusty parts) can also interfere with a joints ability to move smoothly leading to low back pain.
Muscles of the low back and / or pelvis
Muscles can become tight and painful due to injury, improper lifting, bad posture, prolonged sitting, and many other reasons.
Remember that muscles attach to your joints, when they are tight there is often an alignment problem to be addressed.
Nerves are delicate structures that exit your spinal cord, the weight of a quarter can interfere with a nerves ability to function by 60%.
When there is a misalignment in the spine irritation to the nerves (What is Sciatica?) can occur this can result in low back pain or pain that radiates into the buttocks, hip, leg, or foot.
Your discs are designed to provide cushion and shock absorbers for your spine. They have a tough, fibrous outer layer and a soft inner layer (think jelly donut).
Your disc can bulge or herniate, pinching a nerve and causing pain.
What causes low back pain?
Low back pain can be caused by a wide variety things. Prolonged sitting or standing, bad posture, trauma such as a bad fall or car accident, injuries on the playing field, lifting something heavy with poor ergonomics, prolonged driving, prolonged awkward posture, arthritis or bone spurs, degenerative disc disease.
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