Hello again. Dr. Mark Schneider here. I know
that you’ve clicked on our back pain tab on the top of our website. So you must have an
interest in knowing about the lower back problem that you may be suffering right now. If so,
continue to read on. Let me talk to you a little bit about the causes of low back pain.
A lot of times the lower back will bother you because you have overused the muscles
of the lower back, possibly you have sprained the muscles of the lower back, or maybe strained
the muscles of the lower back. Sometimes that’s from overuse and repetitive motion. Some of
the other causes of the lower back can be the discs that have gotten injured in there.
The discs make up the fluid-filled sac between your bones of your spine and those discs can
sometimes tear, leak the fluid out onto the nerve or sometimes herniate out of the side
of their capsule and end up pinching the nerve that is coming out between your vertebrae.
Unfortunately, most people in their lifetime will actually have a problem with their lower
back. It is the number one reason that people miss work. It is also a very common thing,
not just in the United States, but worldwide. Sometimes people think that poor posture is
the cause of their back problem. That is not the case with the patients that I see. Most
of the time, they have poor posture because of their back problem. They can not be comfortable
in standing normal, standing erect, or in keeping their head positioned right, their
shoulders pulled back. It just simply isn’t comfortable for them to do that because of
the back problem that they are having. The lower back actually withstands a great deal
of force, as long as it is healthy and in the right alignment. An example of that kind
of strength is displayed when a professional powerlifter lifts a few hundred pounds of
weight off the floor with out back injuries. When the lower back is out of alignment a
simple task of carrying a bag of groceries or bending down to pet your dog can lead to
a serious lower back injury. It is important to know that lower back pain does not go away
on its own. Although you may have some temporary relief from time to time, it usually and always
seems to want to come back. When it does, it seems to come back with vengeance and even
worse. When that happens that’s when you know it’s time to give us a call. We’d be happy
to take care of you. Just call and ask for Dr. Schneider. (574) 293-7000. Thank you.