There are many factors that contribute to back pain.  If you are overweight, or don’t get the amount of exercise you should, that can contribute to several types of lower back pain complaints.  Improper lifting and bad posture also cause undue stress on your back.  Even though back pain can seriously affect your everyday life, it can be treated.  Most of the time, treatments that are followed exactly can relieve a great deal of the pain you are experiencing.

Herniated and Bulging Discs

A herniated disc occurs when the pulpous nucleus, which is the spongy center on the inside of the disc, pushes through the outer membrane.  This tends to cause a lot of pain because of the nerve endings that are present in your back.  The bulging material presses against your nerves, which causes muscle tension and pain that often radiates down one or both of your legs.  This type of radiating pain is known as sciatica, because it is the sciatic nerve that is affected.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease (or DDD) is a condition that is often inherited.  It is also typically associated with age, however it can afflict anyone who has inherited the condition, so younger people are not immune to it.  DDD occurs when the discs in your back break down over a period of time as you get older. The discs begin to lose their elasticity and their ability to help carry your weight, which gets worse as you age.  As the discs degenerate, they become very problematic and cause a significant amount of pain.  If you are experiencing chronic back pain, you may have degenerative disc disease.

Back pain can be a very debilitating type of pain because it can last a long time and it has the potential to flare up without notice after even the slightest of improper movement.  If you are experiencing back pain, we can offer you many options for treatment, which will help eliminate your pain.  Medication, physical therapy and exercise are all great tools for managing pain and getting back to being active again.