Virtually everyone in the country will, at some point in their lives, suffer from back pain. It’s one of the most common ailments in medicine, and there are a staggering number of things that can cause it. Broadly speaking though, the various causes of back pain, yours included, fall into three basic categories.
Think of the discs between the vertebrae in your spine as shock absorbers. They perform the same basic function for your body that shock absorbers perform for your car.
Unfortunately, just like the shock absorbers on your car, your discs can wear out. They can degenerate over time, and when they do, pain is the inevitable result.
Herniated discs can either occur suddenly, during a period of intense exertion, or they can develop slowly over time. Basically, visualize the discs in your spine to be a bit like a jelly donut, but with a really rugged, tough exterior.
If that rugged exterior develops a crack, some of the “jelly” inside the disc could leak through the crack, creating a bulge. This misshapen disc puts pressure on nerves, which causes pain. It can also irritate other nerves nearby, which can lead to weakness, numbness, or persistent tingling in your arms and/or legs. Fortunately, in most cases, herniated discs can be treated without surgery.
These are far and away the most common cause of back pain. If you strain or overuse your muscles, they’re going to cramp on you, and that includes the muscles in your back. These kinds of problems will often go away on their own over time, as with any muscle cramp and related pain, but of course, there are things you can do to help speed the healing process along.
In all three cases, chiropractic care can help you manage the pain, and put you on the fast track to feeling better and permanently fixing the problem, whatever the specific cause.