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Top 10 Back Pain Causes

  1. Bad Posture
  2. Trauma or Injury
  3. Carrying a Heavy Bag
  4. Sleeping Habits 
  5. Lack of Exercise
  6. Smoking
  7. Being Overweight
  8. Stress or Depression
  9. Shoes
  10. Other Spine Conditions 

What Are The Top 10 Causes Of Back Pain?

Posted by Cobb Chiropractic Clinic on Jun 10, 2019 4:18:04 PM

Below You Will Learn the Top Causes of Low Back Pain and How To Get Treatment.


Back pain is so common that almost every person will experience it at some point in their lives.

According to a 2009 article from The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, over 80% of the US population will experience back pain that will need to be treated by a physician at some point in their lives.

Many people will ignore the pain until it becomes a constant, chronic problem, we don't want you to do this!

While some pain can only be alleviated surgically, there are other options such as Chiropractic Care, that may be best to eliminate pain. 

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To get the most effective treatment for your back pain, it's important to understand what may be causing it to begin with.

A Chiropractor will be more than capable of diagnosing the problem and helping you figure out how to eliminate the pain for good.

For your benefit, we have put together a list of the Top 10 Causes of Back Pain:  

1. Bad Posture 

Bad posture is all too common in this day and age where long commutes, phones, computer monitors, and slouched heads and shoulders protrude out instead of staying in correct alignment over the hips and shoulders as intended. 

The misalignment will put undue pressure and stress on the back. Having bad posture is one of the most common causes of back pain because many people are not aware of how poor their posture is on a day to day basis. 

If you are a desk worker, consider getting a standing desk at work, or try pulling your should blades together if you notice you are slumping all the time. Being aware of your poor posture is the first step to fixing it. 

2. Trauma or Injury 

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When the body undergoes a traumatic event, especially if the person is not prepared, it can cause an injury to the spine and surrounding muscles. 

Some common traumas that will cause injury include: 

  1. Car Accidents
  2. Slip and Fall Accidents
  3. Sports Injuries 

Even if symptoms are not brought on immediately after the accident, an impact to the spine can throw it out of alignment, which can cause back pain to occur over time, especially if the injury is left untreated. 

Being seen by a medical professional immediately after a trauma, impact, or injury can reduce immediate and long-term risks of back pain. 

3. Carrying a Heavy Bag 

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People who frequently carry a heavy backpack or purse may not realize the strain they are putting on the upper back.

Having an over-loaded bag and wearing that bag incorrectly can be dangerous to your spine. For example, many people will only wear a backpack on one shoulder, and commonly, purses are worn on one shoulder which causes an imbalance in the body. 

If you know you will be carrying a backpack frequently, make sure you use both straps and do not overload the bag.

For the purse users out there, try not to overload your purse and be sure to take turns with what shoulder you use the bag on. You could also consider using a rolling bag or suitcase, especially for long trips. 

4. Sleeping Habits 

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Many back problems can be blamed on sleep position and a worn-out or badly made mattress. If you notice that your back seems to hurt every morning, you may want to consider changing up your sleep position.

Make sure your pillow is keeping your head in line with the spine, try putting a pillow between your knees to help maintain the spines natural curve, and if you have to sleep on your stomach, try using a pillow under your pelvis. 

5. Lack of Exercise 

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A sedentary lifestyle can be a huge contributor to back pain. Lack of physical activities or exercise affects the central brain that helps to relieve the symptoms of back pain.

Lack of movement can cause soreness and stiffness, with regular exercise the back and abdominal muscles that support the spine will be strengthened which makes it easier to hold the spinal column, improves posture, and lessens pain. 

If you are unsure what exercises would be best for you, you can always ask your Chiropractor for suggestions. 

6.  Smoking 

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Smoking is related to back pain because of the nicotine found in cigarettes. Nicotine restricts blood flow to the vertebrae and disks, which can cause them to age and break down more quickly.

It can also interfere with the body's natural ability to absorb and properly use calcium. In turn, this can lead to osteoporosis-related bone and back problems. 

If you are a smoker and have never considered this as a reason for your back pain, you should speak with a doctor about the dangers of smoking and the problems it can have on your physical health. 

You can also go to smokefree.gov to find helpful ways to quit. 

7. Being Overweight/ Bad Diet

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Having excess weight can be a contributor to back pain. Extra weight will add strain on the muscles and ligaments in the back. Constantly carrying extra weight will cause pressure on the spine and supporting muscles. 

In fact, according to a 2014 study in the Asian Spine Journal, they found that about 31 percent of women and 25 percent of men who suffered from back pain also had gastrointestinal complaints, such as abdominal pain, IBS, food sensitivity or food intolerance.

Extra weight in the midsection will often result in a shift in posture which causes back pain. Losing those extra pounds can make a huge difference when it comes to back pain. 

At Cobb Chiropractic, our doctors will work with you to come up with a nutrition plan if they believe that will help with optimal back pain recovery. 

8. Stress or Depression

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One of the most common causes of lower back pain is tension in the muscles. When someone is stressed or depressed, muscle tension is drastically increased which can cause more pain in areas like the back. 

The body releases cortisol when you are under stress; this is what causes the extra tension in the back and shoulder muscles. It can also cause the build-up of belly fat, which in turn causes weight gain, which adds more strain to the spine. 

Treating depression and practicing exercises that reduce stress can help to alleviate back pain.

9. Shoes 

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Many people tend to wear shoes that do not offer any arch support. Wearing shoes with little to no support on a daily basis, or shoes that force your feet into an unnatural position can cause back pain. 

For example, wearing high heels will not only put the foot into an unnatural position, but it also changes the distribution of weight while walking. This can impact all of the muscles and ligaments up the back of the leg and into the back. 

For those who may already have back problems, it's crucial to replace worn out shoes and to wear shoes that offer good arch and hell support. Always avoid wearing high heels if possible. 

10. Other Spine Conditions 

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Some people suffer from back pain that is caused by a specific medical condition that could have occurred genetically or for degenerative reasons. For example: 

  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated Discs 
  • Spinal Stenosis

These conditions will almost always require medical treatment in order to correct the issue or to manage the pain. If these conditions are left untreated, they can cause very severe back pain, both short and long-term. 

See a Chiropractor for Back Pain Relief 

If you are suffering from Back Pain, the experienced and well-trained Chiropractors at our clinic can help with your recovery. 

At Cobb Chiropractic in Greensboro, NC, our chiropractors have over 40 years of experience treating people who are suffering from back pain. 

It is our specialty to diagnose and treat back pain.

Today we only listed the Top 10 Causes of Back Pain, but we know there are many more. It is our goal to find the underlying cause of your pain, and treat the problem at the source. 

We do not prescribe addictive drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care is all about taking a holistic all natural approach to the healing process. 

If you are suffering from back pain, you do not need to suffer anymore.

Come to our clinic, if we cannot help you, we will let you know up-front, and give you our best suggestion for recovery. Your best interest is always our top priority. 

We offer a free consultation to those suffering from back pain. We will speak with you and find out how we can best help with your recovery. 

Please click the link below to schedule your free appointment with our Back Pain Chiropractors whenever it is convenient for you. 

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