Dealing with Lower Back Pain
Low back pain is often caused by irritation of the nerves, muscles or a problem with a joint, called segmental dysfunction. Other causes of low back pain include include herniated or degenerative discs.
Low Back Joint Dysfunction:
Spinal joint dysfunction, whether it's located in the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) or low back (lumar) spine is a biomechanical problem of the individual joints and the related ligaments and muscles linked back to the spinal bones. The motion of the entire spine is made possible and dependent on the proper movement of each link.
This often involves with nerve irritation aka "pinched nerves" and associated muscle strains and/or spasms. The erector spinae, or large paired muscles in the lower back that help keep your spine erect, can become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation.
Segmental dysfunction is often caused by a wide range of stressors including; old injuries that never healed properly, repetitive movements, sports injuries, trauma and underlying instabilities of the spine.
A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Too much rest comes with a toll on the low back. After two weeks worth of rest, the muscles in the lower back begin to atrophy and can become significantly weak, ultimately predisposing the region to more pain and re-injury.