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Are You the Cause of Your Lower Back Pain?

Lower Back Pain - Have you been suffering from it for quite some time now? I'm guessing that if you are like me then you might have already tried a whole host of treatments that didn't work and left you in the same position that you are in today; i.e. with more pain than you can bear. I know what it's like because I've been there and it sucks when you can't move your legs anymore and you have a hard time sleeping at night. The pain in your back is probably excruciating; not just physical but also emotionally painful. So if you are wondering what is causing your lower back pain, then read on to find out exactly what it is that is causing it.

Lower back pain can be related to the lumbar region, spinal disc, bones between the vertebrae, spinal nerve, muscles around the back, nerves, internal organs and the outer layer of the skin on the lower back. An acute injury can cause lower pain within hours or even minutes, while a chronic injury usually lasts from days to weeks or months. For most people, an acute injury will last longer because they don't heal as fast as the chronic ones do. The reason for this is because the injuries are more severe, thus more lasting and causing more long-term pain. One thing you need to remember is that your pain can and does go away, however you want to make sure that you take action to get rid of the problem and not just manage the symptoms.

Preventing Back Pain: Lifting Weights incorrectly is one of the biggest factors that can cause acute injuries or chronic injuries to the back. It is important to lift weights the right way. You don't want to strain a muscle or a ligament because it will give you added pain later on in life. To prevent back pain, you need to lift weights the correct way. If you don't have access to a spotter, you should lift with proper form.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Sometimes the spine gets a little bit weaker than normal and this is called degenerative disc disease. This can happen to any age group and is caused by a combination of age, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and trauma. Older people tend to get weaker due to degenerative disc disease because they do not put as much pressure on their discs. There are exercises for degenerative disc disease, but if you do not have access to a spotter then you should still be able to prevent back pain.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries) are very serious and can cause coma, death and paralysis. If you think you might have a TBI then you need to call your doctor immediately. Symptoms of TBI include aggressiveness, memory loss, confusion and severe headache. If you have symptoms of a brain injury then you need to stop whatever it is that is causing your back pain and contact your doctor immediately. The doctor will perform tests and scans to determine what the cause of the TBI was and to see if you are okay.

Sciatica: Sciatica refers to pain in the legs and feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, then you most likely have a problem with your lower spine. Some of the causes of sciatica are bad posture, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, sitting in one spot for long periods of time, or even a problem with the muscles in your back. If you take painkillers, you might be taking the wrong medication or you could be suffering from a number of other medical conditions that are causing the back pain.

Surgery: If you do not want to take pain killers or you cannot get rid of the back pain because of medical reasons, then you might need to consider surgery. Two of the most common surgeries that people need to perform are laminectomy and meniscectomy. Laminectomy is the name of the surgery where the surgeon removes part of the vertebral column in your back. Meniscectomy is the name of the surgery where the surgeon removes the nerve from your spine. Both procedures can help you eliminate or at least limit the cause of your back pain.

If none of the above options help you solve the problem of your back pain, then you might want to consider chiropractic treatments. Spinal manipulation is a great way to relieve pain in your back. In fact, many doctors recommend chiropractic treatments before recommending medication or surgery. Chiropractors use their hands to manipulate your spine and vertebrae. Unlike some medical conditions, you can treat your back pain by simply getting a chiropractor to examine your spine. You can also start changing your lifestyle if you believe that your condition has something to do with your spinal structure.