Unraveling the Mysteries: What Causes Low Back Pain?

Low back pain: it’s a common complaint heard by healthcare professionals worldwide and a leading cause of disability. Yet, despite its prevalence, the root causes of low back pain can often seem like a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Let’s embark on a journey to uncover the truth behind what causes low back pain and how you can find relief.

The Usual Suspects: Common Causes of Low Back Pain

  1. Muscle or Ligament Strain: Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments. If you’re in poor physical condition, constant strain on your back can cause painful muscle spasms.
  2. Bulging or Ruptured Discs: Discs act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The soft material inside a disc can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve, leading to pain.
  3. Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.
  4. Skeletal Irregularities: A condition in which your spine curves abnormally (scoliosis) can lead to back pain, but generally only if the scoliosis is severe.
  5. Osteoporosis: Your spine’s vertebrae can develop painful fractures if your bones become porous and brittle.

Lifestyle Factors and Low Back Pain

Beyond these medical conditions, certain lifestyle factors can contribute to the onset of low back pain, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Stress

Navigating the Path to Relief

Understanding the cause of your low back pain is the first step toward finding effective treatment. Options can range from chiropractic care, which addresses the spine’s alignment and function, to physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and sometimes medication for pain management.

The Vector Spine and Sport Approach

At Vector Spine and Sport, we believe in a holistic approach to treating low back pain. Dr. Jacob Reesor and our team are dedicated to not only alleviating your pain but also addressing its root cause through personalized care plans, including chiropractic adjustments, exercise recommendations, and lifestyle advice.


Low back pain may be common, but it doesn’t have to be a constant presence in your life. By understanding its causes and exploring comprehensive treatment options, you can take the first steps toward living a pain-free life.

Are you ready to tackle your low back pain? Contact Vector Spine and Sport today to start your journey to relief.

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