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Posted on 03-13-2018

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain in Gresham, OR

If your back hurts and you don't know the cause, it's reasonable to want to have some idea of what went wrong with it. That way, you may be able to avoid aggravating your injury or doing the same thing again later. Here are some of the top things you should suspect:

Man with lower back pain needs chiropractic care.

Strains and Sprains

Tears and pulls in the back muscles may cause immediate pain, but sometimes, there is a delay between the injury and the symptoms. Such delays can make it hard to pin down just what you were doing at the time the injury actually happened. Typically, though, you'll have made an odd motion, twisted too far, or lifted something too heavy.

In many cases, the symptoms of these injuries resolve on their own after a time, though the pain can be extreme. Icing or warming the area can help in the meantime. If symptoms persist, however, you should see a chiropractor in Gresham for treatments to speed the healing process.

Herniated Lumbar Disc

Chronic lower back pain, that is, pain that doesn't go away may be caused by a herniated disc. With this condition, the jelly-like interior of one or more discs has broken out of its outer layer. Nearby nerves are then irritated by this material. You may also feel excruciating pain from the disc's wall itself, which has plenty of pain-receiving nerves.

Degenerative Disc Disease

With age, the fluid-filled centers of our discs begin to dry out. This usually doesn't progress to the point of being considered a disease, but in some people, it happens to a more severe extent. Then, the outer walls of the discs begin to crack and otherwise show signs of wear, and what fluid is left starts to leak out. The end result is essentially several herniated discs.

Osteoarthritis

This type of arthritis results from wear and tear between the discs, vertebrae, and facet joints. It progresses with age and can cause pain all along the spine.

Contact Us Today

Here at Aspire Chiropractic and Massage in Gresham, OR, we can treat these and other causes of lower back pain. Just give us a call for an evaluation and treatment. We'll be glad to help you get back to normal.

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