Low Back Pain Causes

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Low back pain causes are numerous. Determining the cause of low back pain can be difficult, but proper diagnosis is the key to effective treatment. A doctor of chiropractic can usually determine the cause of your low back pain and provide the best treatment.


There are numerous causes of low back pain.  Oftentimes the exact cause is not known.  Typically, when someone is experiencing low back pain, there are multiple contributing factors as opposed to a single cause.  The following list comprises some of the leading causes of low back pain, but it is important to realize that you may have more than one condition occurring at the same time:

  1. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction or arthritis.
  2. Postural stress.
  3. Repetitive use.
  4. Lack of exercise.
  5. Lumbar Spine arthritis.
  6. Degenerative disc disease.
  7. Lumbar disc herniation.
  8. Hip joint dysfunction or arthritis.
  9. Lumbar spine scoliosis.
  10. Piriformis syndrome.
  11. Abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  12. Prostate cancer.
  13. Lumbar spinal stenosis.

Among the causes of low back pain, it is not uncommon to have a combination of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hip joint dysfunction and degenerative disc disease secondary to postural stress, all contributing to your low back pain.

It is also not uncommon to have a lumbar disc herniation along with sacroiliac and hip joint dysfunction.

There are many other scenarios and causes of low back pain.  For example, poor dietary habits increase your sensitivity to pain and can promote chronic inflammation that may manifest as low back pain.