WHY DO I HAVE LOW BACK PAIN?
The causes of low back pain are broad, but generally can be broken down to muscles/ connective tissue, joints, or nerves. The most likely cause of low back pain that doesn’t extend into the legs is either from muscles/ connective tissue or joints. Muscles/connective tissue pain is usually related to an acute injury, or from chronic changes that cause relative deconditioning of the low back muscles that stem from things like obesity, lack of exercise/ use, or changes to the curvature of the spine. The joints in the low back that can cause pain are the facet joints, sacroiliac joints, or the vertebral body which forms a “joint” with the bone below at the intervertebral disc.
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