The Causes Of Lower Back Pain

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is one of the most common afflictions to affect mankind and a prevalent cause of job-related disability.

Doctors, physiotherapists, and biokineticists in Windhoek will agree that prevention is always better than cure, so let’s delve into what’s behind this curse of the modern-day working man (and woman).


Experience isn’t the only thing that comes with age unfortunately. As your body ages, the spinal fluid between your vertebrae starts to thin out. This means your discs are much more prone to irritation and injury.

Muscle tone also decreases with age. This makes it more important than ever before to perform exercises that help to keep your muscles strong and to ensure you’re using good biomechanics to help you with daily activities.

Disc Injury

While disc injury is more common in people over the age of 30, the outside of the intervertebral disc can tear or herniate at any age. This happens when the cartilage around the disc, pushes against the nerve roots or spinal cord, extending the cushion between the vertebrae out of its natural position. When the disc moves out of place it compresses the spinal nerve, causing sudden pain which can last for days and even, weeks.

The most common cause of a herniated or slipped disc is careless lifting of heavy objects.

Back Strain

When you overdo physical activity without preparing your body properly, you can stretch or tear the muscles and ligaments in your back. There’s no remedy for this except rest and physical therapy. Fortunately, with the proper care, the symptoms of back strain can disappear after a day or two.

Illnesses that Cause Lower Back Pain

Scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis are abnormal curvatures in the spine, which places undue pressure on the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back. The result is poor posture and pain. Other ailments that manifest in back pain are:

  • Arthritis
  • Spondylosis – long term joint, muscle and tendon pain
  • Spondylitis – inflammation of the joints in between the spinal bones
  • Fibromyalgia – a degenerative disorder resulting in loss of normal spine function and structure. 

Many of these conditions are age-related but they can occur in individuals of any age.

Bad Behaviour

By far the most common cause of lower back pain is a sprain or strain on the musculature of the back thanks to sudden movement, or poor biomechanics.

If you experience lower back pain after taking part in sports or exercise, you may be doing something wrong.

When you’re using your body correctly, your chances of lower back pain or other niggling injuries is greatly reduced. That’s where a skilled biokineticist can save you from excessive suffering and taking time off work.

Biokinetics is the study of movement and a qualified practitioner can help you to avoid and ease the inconvenience of lower back pain.

How a Biokineticist in Windhoek Can Ease Your Pain

A biokineticist will assess your situation and work with you to develop specific exercises that will help you to  improve your posture and core strength so you don’t end up in the same situation.  Get in touch for more information on how a biokineticist can help you to avoid injury and make the most of your body in the way it was designed to be used.

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