Common Causes of Chronic Back Pain

Most Common Causes of Chronic Back Pain:

Muscle deconditioning also called muscle atrophy, is one of the most common causes of chronic back pain. Muscle deconditioning happens when your back muscles lack the strength and stability to support you properly, leading to wear and tear over time. Some deconditioning is part of the aging process, but a lack of physical activity is the biggest contributor.

  • Improper posture or body mechanics. Bad habits can stress your spine and the soft tissue surrounding it. Over time, this repeated stress can break down the structural components of the spine.
  • For office workers, when you sit at your desk for long stretches, it can cause your hip flexors to tighten. This can cause hips and hamstrings to weaken, leading to lower back pain.
  • Hunching over your keyboard can cause kyphosis. This curving of the spine is often associated with chronic back pain.
  • Events such as car accidents, falls on ice, trip-and-fall accidents, and other high impact events can speed up the aging process on the spine and trigger chronic pain to flare.
  • Overuse and repetition of everyday activities. Such as driving or sitting for long periods of time, repetitive motion activities, lifting heavy objects, or sleeping in an odd position are also risk factors.

Ironically, the best treatment for chronic back pain is movement, which active physical therapy can provide.

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