Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the U.S. Over 80% of people will experience an episode of this pain at some point in their lives.
The most common reasons for low back pain are disc injuries, sciatica, lifting heavy objects, or some other non-specific back injury.
- Muscle or ligament strain. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments.
- Bulging or ruptured disks. Disks act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine.
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back.
- Vertebrae and disks can wear down with age, causing pain.
Other conditions that affect spine health include:
- Arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
- Back strains and sprains.
- Birth defects such as spina bifida.
- Bone spurs (jagged edges on vertebrae that put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves).
- Curvatures of the spine (scoliosis and kyphosis).
- Neuromuscular diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
- Nerve injuries, including spinal stenosis, sciatica and pinched nerves.
- Osteoporosis (weak bones).
- Spinal cord injuries, including spinal fractures, herniated disks and paralysis.
- Spine tumors and cancer.
- Spine infections like meningitis and osteomyelitis.
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