Common Causes of Acute Low Back Pain

Acute low back pain is the most commonly experienced type of back pain. It usually lasts between a few days to several weeks, but it can worsen if not adequately treated. Chiropractic therapy has proven to be effective in treating the symptoms of low back pain. Additionally, a chiropractor can teach you exercises and stretches to help mitigate the chances of low back pain becoming a recurring problem.

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Most people have at least one backache in their life. Although this pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is your lower back. This is because the lower back supports most of your body’s weight.

Low back pain is the number two reason that Americans see their health care provider. It is second only to colds and flu.

You will usually first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move suddenly, sit in one position for a long time, or have an injury or accident.

Acute low back pain is most often caused by a sudden injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the back. The pain may be caused by muscle spasms or a strain or tear in the muscles and ligaments.

male worker leaning on boxes experiencing back pain

Causes of sudden low back pain include:

  • Compression fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
  • Cancer involving the spine
  • Fracture of the spinal cord
  • Muscle spasm (very tense muscles)
  • Ruptured or herniated disk
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spine curvatures (like scoliosis or kyphosis), which may be inherited and seen in children or teens
  • Strain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the back

Low back pain may also be due to:

  • An abdominal aortic aneurysm that is leaking.
  • Arthritis conditions, such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Infection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess).
  • Kidney infection or kidney stones.
  • Problems related to pregnancy.
  • Problems with your gall bladder or pancreas may cause back pain.
  • Medical conditions that affect the female reproductive organs, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, or uterine fibroids.
  • Pain around the back of your pelvis, or sacroiliac (SI) joint.

US National Library of Medicine

chiropractor massaging a patient's upper back

Treating Low Back Pain With Chiropractic Therapy

A range of chiropractic treatment methods can help alleviate your low back pain. At Merckling Family Chiropractic, we work with each of our patients personally, developing a treatment plan tailored to their unique needs. So, are you ready to ditch your low back pain and heal naturally? Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have been serving the Village of Bellport and its surrounding communities since 2005, providing holistic back pain relief to thousands of individuals.

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Treating Acute Low Back Pain With Chiropractic Therapy

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