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Why Does My Back Hurt? Mysterious Reasons for Back Pain

Reasons for back pain Twin Boro

Back pain is one of the most common (and painful) conditions affecting the human body. In fact, over 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. Many times, recurring back pain can plague people’s lives. There are many reasons for back pain, some obvious and some hidden. 

Request an appointment at Twin Boro Physical Therapy to find out how physical therapy can help you find relief and manage your back pain.

Reasons for Back Pain Can Be a Mystery

If you’re like most adults, you’ve probably suffered from back pain at some point in your life. While lingering back pain is incredibly common, determining the reasons for back pain can be a puzzle. Back pain can frequently be a symptom of conditions that have nothing to do with the back. 

  • The probability of chronic back pain increases with age.  Back pain is not restricted to Seniors, people of all ages can develop low back impairments. However, with older individuals, back pain tends to be more severe and last longer.
  • Family history plays a role with some kinds of back pain. For example, osteoporosis, arthritis and other conditions can trigger back pain and may be more prevalent in some families than others.
  • Certain job-related activities put a greater stress on the back. This includes movements with frequent bending or twisting, heavy physical exertion and other repetitive motion patterns.  A combination of these movement patterns dramatically increases the risk and severity of back injury.
  • Being overweight or carrying extra weight from pregnancy can contribute to back pain. The heavier you are, the greater the load your spine must carry. Often, in order to compensate for extra weight, the spine can become tilted and stressed unevenly. According to Spine Health, over time, the back may lose its proper support and an unnatural curvature of the spine may develop.
  •       Some research shows that psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression may also have an influence on back pain. Neuroscience studies have demonstrated mental processes can make the pain better or worse. 
  •       Certain lifestyles make people more susceptible to back pain. For example, research shows that smokers are at extreme risk.  People that don’t exercise are at a greater risk than those who follow a regular exercise program. Being out of physical condition physically leave individuals more susceptible to sprains and strains. Recurring back problems signal it’s time to look for lifestyle habits that could contribute to the pain.
  •       Acute back pain typically stems from a mechanical event causing an injury to the spine or supporting structures.   Poor postural technique during lifting, quick uncontrolled movement, or overuse are all factors that increase the risk back injuries.  Many different factors can cause acute back pain and can result in sprains, strains or nerve-compression syndromes such as a herniated disk.

Find Relief for Your Achy Back Pain with Physical Therapy

There is no single cause of back pain. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Back pain has many causes, requiring rehabilitative treatments tailored to the specific problem. Working with a Spinal Orthopaedic Physical Therapist can help you understand your specific reasons for back pain and which treatments are most likely to to restore function and mobility. 

One thing is clear: a patient’s determination and consistency with their treatment program is vital to the success and speed of recovery. 

At each of our 23 New Jersey physical therapy clinics, we utilize the One2Four approach to help patients manage symptoms of back pain. No matter why you have back pain, a Twin Boro physical therapist can develop a program specifically to meet your needs, help you heal faster and reduce the chance of future injury. 

Call 1-877-304-3000 to schedule your no-obligation appointment today.

Twin Boro Physical Therapy: Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for close to 40 years! It’s our award-winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the One2Four program into each patient’s program, the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques are incorporated into effective evidence-based practice. We deliver only the highest standard of care with the unique One2Four approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of mycentraljersey.com.

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