Answers to Common Back Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about back pain.

What usually causes lower back pain?

If you’re having lower back pain, you’re not alone. This kind of pain is something that seems to become more common as we age.

Sprains and strains, herniated discs, and stenosis are the most common causes of lower back pain, according to Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Sprains are injuries to your ligaments, which help hold the bones of your spine together. Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons that connect other muscles to back bones.  Herniated discs cause sudden lower back pain and sometimes even numbness. The pain and numb feeling can extend through your buttocks, down your leg, and – for some people – all the way into the foot.

Spinal stenosis is caused by bulging discs, thickened ligaments, or small growths squeezing on the spinal canal that holds the spinal cord.

Talk to your doctor for more information about what usually causes back pain.

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Source: Mark Kayanja, MD, PhD, Premier Orthopedic

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