“Why Does My Back Hurt?” 5 Common Causes of Back Pain
Did you know that back pain is one of the most common ailments in the US? Over 64 million Americans complain of back pain each year, making up almost a quarter of all US adults. Back pain, whether it be upper back pain, lower back pain, or middle back pain, can be frustrating, discouraging, and of course, uncomfortable. If you find that you’re suffering from back pain and haven’t been able to find a solution that works, or you’re simply asking “why does my back hurt?” after an accident or injury, here are 5 common causes of back pain to be aware of so that you can best treat and resolve your discomfort.
#1. You’ve been injured.
One of the most common reasons for back pain is injury. If you’re experiencing back pain, especially if it seems like it came out of nowhere, there’s a strong possibility that you’ve been injured. Injuries to the bones, ligaments, and joints can often happen without realizing, as symptoms like pain and discomfort can arise long after the initial injury. This is particularly true in car accidents when the spine can be forced out of alignment on impact and the resulting discomfort is misattributed to muscle pain.
If you’ve been in a car accident, even a mild fender mender, or have experienced some other kind of physical injury in recent months or years, it’s possible that the injury is contributing to your current state of discomfort.
#2. Your sleeping position is straining your body.
The average person spends ⅓ of their life in bed, and in many cases, they are in a position that is straining their body! It’s important that your mattress is the proper level of firmness or softness to best support your posture, and this isn’t just for comfort (although comfort matters, too).
People are typically side sleepers, stomach sleepers, or back sleepers, and each position requires the proper support to ensure that the spine is remaining in an aligned position. If the mattress is too saggy or weak, it will be unable to support proper back sleeping, and if the mattress is too stiff or firm, side and stomach sleeping will compromise spinal posture.
In addition to having the correct sleeping surface, it’s important that your posture also allows for ideal spinal alignment. For those who sleep on their side, ensuring that your head is squarely above your shoulders and not projected or forced forward is important to maintain healthy neck alignment. For those who sleep on their back, ensuring that your pillow is not too high is important for the same reason.
If you suspect that your bed or sleeping position is impacting your day negatively, analyze your sleeping routine and posture before sleep and after waking to determine if it could be influencing your comfort throughout the day.
Chances are any position that feels odd or misaligned probably is. Check with your expert chiropractor to determine the effect of your sleep posture on your daily life.
#3. You have poor posture.
Sleep posture isn’t the only posture that matters. Your waking, daily posture is a huge influence on the way your body functions and the comfort that you feel when moving, sitting, and standing. If you’re not standing upright, or if your neck is in a forward position like in the case of text-neck, then the spine is being strained. The bones and joints can become warped and move out of their normal alignment due to poor posture, affecting the entire length of the back. Poor posture can lead to neck pain, back pain, and a variety of other discomfort ranging from muscle tension to tight tendons and ligaments.
If you have poor posture, it’s important to keep in mind that it can’t be forced into upright alignment. You may require expert chiropractic care to help correct your posture for real, long-term results.
#4. You have scoliosis.
Nearly 3 out of every 100 people in the US have scoliosis, oftentimes without being aware of its severity or overall effect on their health. If you are experiencing back pain, you may have undiagnosed (or untreated) scoliosis. Scoliosis causes an unnatural s-shaped curvature in the spine that can cause the compression of local nerves and lead to sharp, shooting, aching, and dull pain.
Typically, medical treatment for scoliosis involves surgery or the use of a brace that tries to stop the progression and worsening of the curve. Chiropractic BioPhysics® is a unique form of chiropractic treatment that can change the shape of the spine long-term, leading to a reduction or elimination of pain and discomfort.
At Advanced Spine and Posture of Grand Rapids, our certified chiropractors focus on providing expert Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) care, with an emphasis on postural correction, pain relief, and overall health.
#5. You have misalignment in your bones and joints.
One of the most common causes of back pain is misalignment in the bones and joints. Misalignment is so common that it’s difficult to quantify—most people will experience some kind of misalignment over the course of their lives, leading to or connected to nerve pain, slipped discs, inflammation, sciatica, and a host of other common concerns. Misalignment can be caused by accidents and injuries, for example, auto accidents, by lifestyle, for example poor posture, and by congenital factors and birth trauma.
If you’re experiencing misalignment, can cause a host of common symptoms in addition to back pain. Misalignment can lead to stiffness, strained muscles in the back, shoulders, and neck, nerve damage, and digestive problems. Because of the interconnectedness of the central nervous system to the spine, misalignment can cause a lot of imbalances in the body. By correcting misalignment, the body can be restored to a balanced state, helping to improve all of the conditions that may result from the imbalance.
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At Advanced Spine and Posture of Grand Rapids, our expert chiropractors offer the highest quality of care available to help restore your body to its most balanced state. Whether you’re looking for a back pain chiropractor in Grand Rapids, or are suffering from neck pain, muscle pain, or nerve pain, Advanced Spine and Posture of Grand Rapids back pain experts are prepared to help you get out of pain and return to your most vital and healthful life.