Lower back pain is extremely common, especially in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Discomfort in the lower back can be chronic or ongoing. It can also be a sudden and brief condition known as acute pain. Our backs provide our core support as we perform our daily activities. Because of their keystone role, any number of problems throughout the body can end up leading to back pain where inevitably back pain treatment is needed.
Causes of Back Pain
The more typical causes of back pain are:
- Poor posture. People who sit slumped for long periods of time, such as while working at a computer, can develop back pain.
- Repetitive motion at work can strain the muscles and back spine.
- Injury from strains, sports, and auto accidents can cause back pain.
- Age causes the spinal discs to bulge.
Some more examples include abdominal muscle weakness, pelvic imbalances, one leg shorter than the other, one shoulder more restricted, and more. Of course, problems can also arise in the back itself, such as herniated discs, arthritis, degenerative changes, and inflammation. When a client is experiencing these problems, they should back pain treatment immediately.
It is important to realize that just because you were diagnosed with a herniated disc or degenerative changes does not mean that this is the cause of your back pain. Recent studies have shown that most pain-free individuals have spinal disc problems on imaging, which suggests that disc disease may be an incidental finding on imaging that then is blamed for the patient’s back pain. This is why some studies have shown that nearly 1 in 4 patients still experience back pain after having a herniated disc removed.
Back pain is one of the best-researched conditions improved with osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). It has been shown to be as effective, and often more effective than traditional treatment strategies such as long-term therapy, medications, and surgery. Consider an evaluation by an osteopathic musculoskeletal specialist to see if OMT is an appropriate place to start treatment for your back pain.