What is Causing My Lower Back Pain?

What is Causing My Lower Back Pain?

It is said that up to 72.3 million Americans suffer with lower back pain. Lower back pain can be categorized as acute (occurring suddenly as from an accident or injury) or chronic (persisting over weeks and months and even getting worse as time passes). Whether it is caused by a sudden injury or the result of long-term wear and tear, lower back pain can be a debilitating and frustrating condition. We will take you through some of the underlying causes of back pain, symptoms, and treatments that can alleviate your lower back pain.

Potential Causes of Lower Back Pain Symptoms

There are many factors that can contribute to lower back pain, including:

Muscle Strain or Sprain: Overuse or injury to the muscles and ligaments in the lower back can result in a strain or sprain, leading to pain and discomfort.

Herniated Disc: A herniated disc is a common cause of lower back pain, and occurs when the soft inner material of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer.

Degenerative Disc Disease: As we age, the discs in our spine can become worn down, leading to pain and compromised movement.

Sciatica: Sciatica is a condition that causes pain in the lower back, legs, and feet. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed, resulting in pain that radiates down the leg.

Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can cause lower back pain as the joints in the lower back break down over time.

Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

The symptoms of lower back pain can vary, depending on the underlying cause, such as:

  • Dull or aching pain in the lower back
  • Muscle stiffness or spasms
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Pain that radiates down the legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs

Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain

The treatment options for lower back pain will vary depending on the underlying cause, but some common treatments include:

Active Release Techniques (ART®): ART® can relieve tight muscles, release tension on tendons and ligaments, and ease compromised nerves. It will also encourage tissues to become more flexible, restore blood flow, increase mobility, and reduce lower back pain.

Movement Therapy: Movement therapy uses focused, intentional movements to affect the  biomechanics of the body in terms of flexibility, coordination, balance, and strength. By improving the musculoskeletal structures of the back, pain can be reduced and mobility and movement increased.

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care can help to relieve lower back pain by realigning the spine and reducing pressure on the nerves.

Cold Laser Therapy: Cold Laser Therapy uses energy in the form of laser light to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process. It is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment that can accelerate healing and provide lower back pain relief.

Recovery Time for Lower Back Pain Treatment

The recovery time for lower back pain treatment will vary, depending on the underlying cause and the treatment chosen. In some cases, relief may be immediate, while in others, it may take several weeks or months to see significant improvement.

Find Relief For Lower Back Pain At Performance Health & Wellness

Lower back pain can be a debilitating and frustrating condition, but with the right treatment, it can be managed effectively. If you are experiencing lower back pain, contact Performance Health & Wellness at (949) 476-1250 or book a consultation now.

At Performance Health, we are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from lower back pain. With a team of experienced Chiropractors, Movement and Wellness Therapists, Active Release Technique Practitioners, and state-of-the-art facilities, we are committed to easing your lower back pain symptoms, restoring movement, and preventing future flare-ups by providing our patients with the highest quality care.


Being overweight can place additional stress on the muscles and joints in the lower back, leading to pain and discomfort.

Stress can lead to tension and muscle tightness, which can result in lower back pain.

Yes, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to muscle weakness and imbalances, which can contribute to lower back pain.

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