According to the NIH, lower back pain and headaches are the most common ailment among Americans. People spend almost $50 Billion in remedies and treatments.
Of course, it’s a big difference to experience the occasional lower back pain because you overdid it in the garden vs. experiencing chronic pain that won’t go away. In either case, you want to get relief right away. However, your treatments may be different.
A Quick Overview of the Back
Making up the spinal column is 30 bones, tissues, ligaments and 50 nerve endings. Between these bones are the discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae.
Medically speaking, the back is divided into four sections. The lower back is the lumbar region and it supports your upper body weight.
One Physical Cause of Lower Back Pain
As you might guess, aging is a big part of the cause. As you get older, you lose muscle tone and bone strength. Now, your lumbar region is working harder. Your lower back is already working harder, and it’s easier to strain your muscles when you move something heavy or do vigorous exercise.
The discs in your back become less flexible as well with age. They also produce less synovial fluid to lubricate the bones.
Sitting too much can contribute to lower back pain. So, if you sit at a desk all day and then sit in the evening too, you’re setting yourself up for back pain. Be aware of your posture. Computer work causes people to sit hunch forward. This contributes to rounded shoulders and sometimes a chin jutting out which can lead to more pressure on your lumbar region.
Between the normal aging process and today’s sedentary lifestyles, it’s a perfect storm for nerve irritation or bone lesions.