Back pain is a common struggle for men all over the world. With many different causes, back pain can interfere with your quality of life, from not being able to maintain your favourite activities to not being able to work due to the constant pain. If you are experiencing back pain, it might be time to call your local Surrey chiropractor, but you might also be wondering what is causing the pain to begin with. Here are the most common causes of back pain in men.
Just as you can sprain your ankle or knee, you can also sprain your back. A sprain is an injury to a ligament. The ligaments are what support your spine. A sprain most often happens when you are attempt ng a sport or activity that you are either not used to or that you did not properly warm up for before attempting.
2. Herniated or Bulging Disc
Your spinal column is made up of discs that act as cushions between your vertebrae. They have an inner and outer layer. When the soft inner layer bulges or herniates out, it can put pressure on a nerve or result in back pain. Discs can bulge for an array of reasons, but usually it is due to stress on the back.
3. Degenerative Disc Disease
While this isn’t exactly a disease in the way that we think of other diseases, degenerative disc disease is something that happens gradually to men as they age. With age, the discs can dehydrate, making their shape diminish, compressing the vertebrae together and resulting in pain. As this happens, bone spurs also become a risk and can cause more pain or nerve compression as time goes on.
4. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
The sacroiliac joins are where the sacrum and the ilium meet in the back. The joints are connected to the ligaments, as we talked about with a sprain. The joint decides how much your back should be able to move. With the dysfunction, your back is either being moved too much or not being moved enough, both of which will result in both back and leg pain.
5. Spinal Stenosis
With spinal stenosis, the spaces within your spine narrow over time. What this means is that the narrowed spaces will continue to put pressure on your spine and your nerves since there is not any room for the nerves. The result is pain, tingling, and numbness in your legs and shoulders.
6. Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical radiculopathy is a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve means that the nerve running in your spine is being compressed somehow by something. This usually is caused by a bone spur that is pressing into your nerve, but it could also be a result of a herniated disc.
One of the most obvious causes of back pain is an accident. While an accident usually means a sprain or strained back, it can also mean a lot of different troubles with your back. Accidents include anything from a car accident, to falling off of a ladder, to being hit hard when playing football with your friends. This form of back pain is the most temporary, but it can result in more complicated problems if it is left untreated and you do not allow yourself to rest while the injury heals. Accidents are common, but make sure that your back is given the chance to recover.
Regardless of the cause of your back pain, make sure to have it evaluated by medical professionals in order to alleviate your pain and get you moving again.