At some point, everyone experiences back pain. Whether you’re feeling pain in your upper, lower or middle back, you’re likely feeling discomfort, and you may be having trouble getting through your normal daily activities. While taking a pill may provide temporary relief, it won’t help you get to the bottom of the problem. Even doctors have trouble pinpointing the exact cause of back pain, and statistics show that doctors can’t pinpoint the actual cause for up to 85% of back problems.
If you are part of the 80% of the population that frequently suffers from back pain, it is time to figure out why you are experiencing such pain and whether there is anything you can do to ease or eliminate the pain. Below are four of the most common causes of back pain and are all well-worth considering if you are serious about improving your condition.
The Computer Screen
On average, we spent nine hours of a day in front of a computer screen. Most of those hours are not spent sitting in an ergonomic chair, and most people who spend a lot of time in front of the computer do not pay attention to their posture. Recent studies have even proven that tablets and smartphones are causing an even bigger problem because of how we hold them and amount of time we spend using them. Sitting too much, and especially in the wrong position puts excess pressure on discs and vertebrae and can lead to back pain.
Our core consists of the back, side, pelvic and butt muscles, all of which work together with the abdominal muscles. These muscles allow us to sit, rotate and stand up straight, and they form a complicated support system that supports all the movements our bodies make. Without regular exercise, these essential muscles can become weak, contributing to pain in the back
Your Sleeping Position
Sleeping on your stomach is a cause of back pain that can be extremely difficult to identify or change. Sleeping on your stomach puts more pressure on your joints and muscles than other sleeping positions, which can lead to back problems. If you unable to sleep on your back, try placing a pillow under your hips to alleviate pressure placed on the discs, ligaments and muscles. The size of your mattress also plays a role in whether you may suffer from back pain due to sleep. Opt for a medium-sized mattress that is not too hard or too soft to keep your head in line with your spine throughout the night.
Everyone knows that shoes that are too high, such as stilettos, or shoes that are too flat and have little support, are not good for our feet or back. However, even a sensible, anatomic shoe can sometimes cause back pain. If your shoes are old and worn out, they can change the way you walk and lead to back pain.
These are only a few of the many potential causes for back pain. Smoking, stress and depression, and of course, shoulder bags and bras in women can all contribute to back pain. Your normal routine and daily tasks can be wearing you out and causing excruciating pain. If you are experiencing back pain, your best choice is seeking chiropractic help. Your Denver chiropractor can relieve your pain and eliminate underlying issues in no time through targeted therapy. A chiropractor can also provide you with helpful advice on how to live a healthier and fitter life to ensure that the pain never returns again.
Don’t suffer with back pain longer than necessary. Call Dr. Hitender at Denver South Chiropractic & Rehab at 303-757-7272 to schedule your free consultation today.