My Aching Back! Spinal issues that can cause low back pain

Get to the bottom of what’s causing your low back pain.

When your back is aching, all you want is relief—and to get to the root of the problem. Here are some spinal issues that can cause low back pain:

1. Accidental muscle or ligament strain or sprain. This is the most common cause of low back pain. It can be the result of using back muscles instead of leg muscles when lifting a heavy object or other such everyday movement. Chances are you’ll recognize it if an accidental strain or sprain is the cause of your back pain, as you’ll feel sudden pain when the injury occurs or will recall a recent event that resulted in the problem.

2. Spinal conditions. An array of spinal conditions can result in low back pain. A herniated disc is when the cushiony layer between vertebrae moves out of place. Disc degeneration, or the breakdown of spinal discs, can be caused by arthritis or simple wear and tear. A spinal fracture can be the result of an accident or osteoporosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. These and other spinal conditions are often diagnosed only after an MRI or other test.

3. Rare conditions. Although not commonplace, spinal issues including tumors, infection, aortic aneurysm and others can cause low back pain.

To learn more about your low back pain or to schedule an appointment with a doctor, simply call our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.

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