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Common Causes of Back Pain

Back pain can happen to anyone, at any age, and for a wide variety of reasons. Many back pain causes are closely related to the aging process and even genetics, while others can be triggered by injuries or medical conditions.

Discovering the cause of your back pain can give you the vital information you need to make decisions about back treatment and therapy.

One of the most common back pain causes is osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis. As we age, the cushioning discs to protect our spinal vertebrae begin to lose hydration, volume, and the ability to lubricate. This can cause vertebrae to rub together, creating painful symptoms that can trigger substantial back pain. Problems associated with osteoarthritis are bone spurs (osteophytes), sciatica, inflammation, and loss of flexibility or movement.

Another cause of back pain is an abnormal curvature of the spine, referred to as scoliosis as well as kyphosis or lordosis. These conditions can occur due to a genetic predisposition, birth defects, as well as muscle strain/sprain, and trauma.

Frequent and repetitive motions, strenuous work activities, poor movement patterns, and poor posture can also cause back pain.

Trauma such as motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls and sporting injuries cause back pain. 

If you suspect you have any of the conditions described on this website, talk to your physician about your concerns for further workup.