6 Potential Causes of Low Back Pain

6 Potential Causes of Low Back Pain

Low back pain is very common. It is one of the most frequently cited reasons for people to visit the doctor. There are many potential treatments for low back pain, such as radiofrequency ablation Jacksonville FL. The appropriate treatment option for back pain may depend on what is causing it. Here are some possibilities.

1. Spinal Stenosis

The spinal column has an open passage allowing the spinal cord to run through it. If the spinal canal narrows, which can happen for several reasons, it can cause back pain by putting pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord itself.

2. Cauda Equina Syndrome

Spinal stenosis can cause a specific type of low back pain called cauda equina syndrome, or damage to the bundle of nerves extending from the end of the spinal cord. Cauda equina syndrome can also be a complication of spinal surgery. Tumors, fractures, or infections are other possible causes.

3. Strains or Sprains

Strains or sprains in your back result from overexertion of the soft tissues. Tearing or overstretching a muscle causes a strain, while a sprain results from similar pressures on a ligament, which is a fibrous tissue that holds bones together.

4. Degenerative Disk Disease

To keep the vertebrae of the back from rubbing together, there are tough but flexible cartilaginous structures called disks that act as cushions between the joints. Over time, these disks can wear down. This allows the vertebrae to come into contact with one another, causing pain and inflammation.

5. Scoliosis

Scoliosis occurs when the spine starts curving sideways in either a C-shaped or S-shaped pattern. Scoliosis can occur at any age but most often affects young adolescents. Your risk of lower back pain in adulthood increases if you had scoliosis as a child.

6. Sciatica

The longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, originates in the lumbosacral spine and branches off to extend down each leg. Pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause sharp, radiating pain in the low back, buttocks, and down into the legs.

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Alen Graham

Allan Graham is a biology graduate and is interested in health related areas. He has written several articles for many eminent health magazines.

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