If you suffer from lower back pain, then you know that even the simplest tasks can trigger a painful reaction. Just bending over to pick something up from the ground, light lifting, physical activity or even long periods of sitting can cause you to be abruptly needing lower back pain relief.
Determining the cause of the lower back pain can help you figure out how to treat it. Learn some of the common causes in the article excerpt below, then read why we think you should have your feet checked too.
Post by Brett Sears via abouthealth.com
Common Causes of Low Back Pain
Back pain can be confusing enough as it is. Sometimes it may be difficult deciphering if the pain is even coming from your back, and trying to figure out what causes it can be mind boggling.
Common Causes of Low Back Pain
Poor Sitting Posture: The correct position of your low back should have a slight forward curve called a lordosis. When you sit slouched, this lordosis straightens out-or even worse-reverses itself. This loss of the forward curve in your spine can cause increased pressure on the small shock absorbing discs in your back. This increased pressure can displace your discs and lead to low back pain. Your physical therapist can teach you the proper way to sit to decrease, eliminate, or prevent your back pain.
Frequent Forward Bending: If you spend a lot of time performing repetitive tasks that require forward bending, you may be placing increased pressure on your spine, and this may be a cause of your pain. Learning to bend properly at your knees to help keep pressure off of your spine can help you decrease your back pain.
Heavy Lifting: Jobs that require heavy lifting can place incredible stress on your spine. This stress can lead to muscle strains, and it can also increase pressure in your intervertebral discs. This pressure can cause low back pain or sciatica. Learning to lift properly is essential to controlling or preventing your pain.
The causes mentioned above certainly can lead to lower back pain, but a cause that many people aren’t aware of is misaligned feet. Approximately 40% of the American population suffers from misaligned feet and doesn't even know it. Misaligned feet happen when the heel bone slips off the ankle bone, causing and excessive inward rotation of the ankle and outward rotation of the foot, also known as overpronation.
When the ankle rolls inward it causes misalignment in the feet and secondary problems in the rest of the body. When the feet are misaligned, it causes a chain reaction throughout the body. This will turn the knees and hips inward, tilting the pelvis and ultimately causing the spine to become curved and put pressure in places where it shouldn’t be. When this happens, it causes back pain.
Back pain caused by misaligned feet can be an issue whether working, exercising or relaxing, so don’t let it go untreated.
They New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare offer a procedure called HyProCure® that corrects foot misalignment by placing a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle and correcting the foot misalignment.
The treatment has a very high success rate, is safe for most children and adults, and will have you walking in your own shoes within 3 to 5 days.
If you’d like to learn more about HyProCure® to help you find lower back pain relief, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to see if you’re candidate or download the free eBook below for more information.
At Adler Footcare, we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.