The most common causes of low back pain and sciatica that we address in our office:
Muscle Adhesion: Adhesion acts like glue in muscle, making it weaker and less flexible. With chronic overuse of the low back muscles, adhesion will develop. Adhesion is the most common cause of low back pain, it is also the most misdiagnosed cause of low back pain. Fortunately, adhesion is entirely reversible if found by a skilled provider.
Lumbar Disc Injury: Intervertebral discs are meant to perform as shock absorbers in the spine. Poor & prolonged posture is the most common cause of disc injuries in the low back. This will often occur in someone with a desk job, has been in a car accident, poor posture, in someone with a history of heavy weightlifting or competitive athletes.
Nerve Entrapment: With prolonged postures and overuse the muscles at the back of the hip will develop adhesion. Adhesion sticks things together, and in the case of sciatica, adhesion sticks the sciatic nerve to the surrounding hip muscles. A sciatic nerve entrapment can cause hamstring tightness, aching, numbness, burning, and tingling anywhere in the lower body.
Muscle Spasms: If you are experiencing a spasm in your low back there is always an underlying cause. Identifying the cause of the spasm is critical to having a healthy neck. Low back spasms may often come and go, and people may associate them with sleeping wrong, but spasms are always a sign of a more serious problem waiting to come to the surface.
Osteoarthritis: As we age, and muscle adhesion develops from overuse, our joints are not loaded properly. Osteoarthritis, a bone-building, degenerative condition, is caused by a limited range of motion In a joint, where the forces through that joint are not evenly placed. The body responds by building up the bone on the part of the joint that is loaded and will lead to cartilage degeneration and chronic joint pain. Restoring range of motion can slow down the progression of arthritis.