The Facts on Lower Back Pain:

Lower Back Pain 101

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Simply put, if you feel a dull ache or pain in your lumbar region following daily activities, you may have lower back pain.

Lower back pain is one of the most common pain problems in the US today and you may experience it at some point in your lifetime. For some, it can be a recurrent, chronic problem. And for many lower back pain sufferers, it’s an obstacle that keeps you from being your best. What might surprise you is that lower back pain may be caused by being on your feet for long periods of time.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain may be due to structural issues in the lower back including disc degeneration, disc alignment issues or nerve impingement. It is important to see your doctor to get a diagnosis and get a treatment plan.

However, your lower back pain may be due to being on your feet for long periods of time, being overweight, slouching (in chairs or while standing), quick and straining movements (like lifting too-heavy objects), and even improperly cushioned shoes.

If you walk or run without properly supported feet, you may be stressing and straining your lower back. Impact can travel up your legs to your lumbar region where muscles supporting the back can get aggravated, causing you pain.

What Can I Do?

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