Why Do I have Back Pain?

Your back can hurt because of numerous things, some are serious, but most can be handled just fine without using drugs or surgery.

It’s interesting that while it’s commonplace for people to be given muscle relaxants when they see their doctor because their back hurts, yet for some reason actually treating the muscles are overlooked.  I don’t understand why, especially when the results are so good for the majority of people.

your back hurts when your muscles pull, just like pulling your hair will cause your scalp to hurtAn analogy I tell people about all the time is muscles causing pain at the joints can be likened to pulling your hair and having pain in your head.  If you pull your hair at the end, your hair get taut, and your scalp hurts.  You don’t need to massage your head, or takes pills for the pain, and you definitely don’t need brain surgery — you just need to let go of your hair.

In the same manner, your muscle pulls on a tendon which inserts into a bone that then moves the joint.  When the muscle it tight the tendon get taut, and the bone/joint hurts. But you don’t need to rub the joint, in this case your back, or do anything to the tendon, you just need to let go of the muscle tension and the hurting will lessen or stop completely.

The muscles that move your pelvis and lift your leg so you can take as step are especially prone to making your back hurt.

The good news is, The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution has been written specifically to show you how to treat and stretch each of the muscles that cause your back to hurt!

Other medical conditions that will cause your back to hurt are:

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis which causes pain and stiffness. It frequently starts around the sacroiliac joint. The SI joint is where the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) joins the ilium bone (the rounded bone of the pelvis in the lower-back region).

Bulging Disc occurs when the disc between two spinal vertebrae is compressed on one side, forcing the center of the disc to push out toward the opposite side and causing back pain where the disc is pressing into the spinal cord.  A common cause of a bulging disc is tension in the muscles that originate on the transverse processes of the vertebrae, pulling the bones close together.  Releasing the tension in the muscle to allow the vertebrae to return to their proper position is a solution that works well if done before the disc breaks (herniates).

Herniated Disc: occurs when vertebrae put pressure on the thick disk causes the “jelly-like” center to push through and put pressure on the spinal cord.  Back pain is severe and can include numbness, tingling, and even loss of feeling to limbs. A common cause of a  which often occurs after continuous vibratory motion such as driving a truck or using heavy machinery, although sudden falls can also be to blame. The jelly-like central part of a disc bulges out of its central cavity and compresses or “pinches” the nearby nerve. Unlike strains, herniated discs do cause sciatica – pain that travels down the buttocks and legs.

Myofascial Pain is tension in the fascia (a thin fibrous covering over every muscle fiber). It is characterized by deep, constant, aching pain, and is treated by compression of trigger points – described as hyper-irritable spots in skeletal muscles.

Osteoarthritis: Also called degenerative joint/disc disease, osteoarthritis is caused by the bones rubbing together and causing an inflammation. Back pain occurs when the cartilage between the vertebrae wears away and no longer is cushioning the bones.

Osteoporosis is a serious lessening of bone density increasing the possibility of bone fractures or breaks.

Spondylosis is a description, not a diagnosis.  The term refers to degenerative osteoarthritis and occurs when discs lose moisture and volume with age.

Stenosis: The narrowing of the space within the vertebrae of the spine. This happens primarily in the lumbar – low back – vertebrae and causing your back to hurt because of the pressure on your spinal cord. Caused by arthritis, aging, heredity, or injury such as a herniated disk, it is one of the many causes of sciatica.