3 Reasons Your Back is Killing You

June 15, 2020 0 Comment

Back Pain? 3 Reasons Your Back is Killing You

Many people suffer from back pain, but not always from the same causes. It can practically be from anything, even simply by playing golf a bit too fiercely. Most of the time though, there is some sort of damage done to the soft tissues around your spine. Other reasons may be inevitable as they were built into your genes.

Lifestyle Can Cause Your Back To Suffer

Some habits from your lifestyle could be affecting your back in negative ways. Some common habits are slouching, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, smoking, lifting heavy objects with your back instead of your legs, and carrying an overloaded backpack. Getting enough exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help ease back pain, as you’ll take a load of weight off your spine. Also remember to lift heavy objects by squatting down, keeping the object close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift the object.

Athlete Injuries & Accidental Spinal Injuries

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There are many different ways you can injure your spine, and not all of them are easily recognizable. You could very well get a fracture in your spine from a serious accident, but you could also have just sprained or strained it simply from lifting something and twisting your body, or even while playing golf. 

At Muscle Activation San Jose, we treat all types of back injuries from a car accident to professional athlete injuries. We make a full assessment of your body, cause of the pain, and set a plan on the path to recovery.

Chronic Back Pain Not From An Injury

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Of course back pain could also be caused by something wrong with your spine. Many of these causes come from your discs, which act as cushions between your vertebrae and are small squishy discs that contain a gel inside. With a herniated disc, that gel can break through the discs exterior and start to irritate any nearby nerve root, as well as the disc itself as it is jam packed with nerves. Degenerative disc disease causes the discs to lose the gel faster than normal, which makes the discs unable to resist forces put on them by the vertebrae and can cause tears or weakening that can lead up to herniation. Osteoarthritis comes from the wear and tear of disc and facet joints, which are the connections between the bones of the spine, and can cause inflammation and pain. Facet Joint dysfunction can happen when a disc starts to wear down, as the joints are filled with nerves themselves and encircle the discs. Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal where nerve roots are located start to narrow in on those roots causing pain, and it can happen at multiple different areas in your spine. Finally, some deformities, such as scoliosis or kyphosis, where your spine curves out in unnatural ways, can cause major pain.

Treatments For Back Pain

In most cases of back pain, the best treatment would be exercise and maintaining a healthy weight to keep as much weight off your spine as possible. Simple exercises that focus on strengthening your core muscles will help your spine, so planks, bridges, crunchies, and the like will do you best. We recommend before taking on any exercise like these to consult with us first. We will be able to instruct you what will work or what will hurt. 

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