Why Does My Back Hurt? The Most Common Causes Of Back Pain

back pain treated by our fareham chiropractorBack pain is a common ailment that affects millions of people each year. It remains the leading cause of disability worldwide and is often responsible for chronic pain, where the sufferer must deal with pain on an almost daily basis.

Back pain is also the most common reason why people will visit our chiropractic clinic in   Fareham for treatment. Our chiropractors offer a variety of chiropractic treatments to help patients obtain relief from the pain they are experiencing.

In this post, our Fareham chiropractor shares the most common causes of back pain.



Common Causes Of Back Pain

Herniated Discs (Slipped Disc)

The spine is made up of a long stack of vertebrae bones. Between each bone is an intervertebral disc, a tough fibrous disc with a soft inner layer. Intervertebral discs absorb shocks and act like ligament, which helps the vertebrae bones stay together.

Unfortunately, intervertebral discs can sometime rupture as a result of injury, disease, or lifestyle factors. When this occurs, the soft inner layer of the disc can protrude through the outer layer. If it impacts a spinal nerve, it can be extremely painful, causing shooting pain that runs along the limbs.


Bulging Discs

A bulging disc is an intervertebral disc which is protruding from its normal position. It can occur after an injury or due to lifestyle factors like excessive sitting. You can have a bulging disc without experiencing any pain. However, if it impacts a nerve, you may feel pain similar to a herniated disc.


Degenerative Disc Disease

Intervertebral discs can shrink and deteriorate with age, a condition called degenerative disc disease. If they become extremely thin, the spine’s vertebrae may rub against one another, causing pain. Degenerative disc disease also increases the risk of a herniated disc occurring.



Spondylolisthesis occurs when a bone in the spine slips out of place. In most cases, it will be a bone in the lower back. It can be caused by injury or when a degenerative disease like arthritis weakens the ligaments and joints that keep the spine correctly aligned.


Muscle Strains

It is surprisingly easy to strain the muscles in the back, particularly those in the lower back. Many patients visit our chiropractic clinic each week with muscle strains caused by improper lifting, collisions on the sporting field, falls, and overuse injuries. Fortunately, muscle strains respond well to soft tissue therapy and chiropractic treatments.


Poor Posture

The way you position your body while exercising, working, and resting can have a significant impact on your back. If you are using your body in a way that places excessive strain on the back, you may experience generalised back pain.


Spinal Stenosis

This condition occurs when the spinal canal has narrowed, putting pressure on the spine and spinal nerves. The pressure on the nerves can cause a variety of symptoms including numbness and a tingling sensation. Most cases of spinal stenosis affect people over the age of 60.


Cervical Radiculopathy

This is the medical term for a pinched nerve. It’s usually caused by a herniated disc (as described above) or a bone spur.


Lifestyle factors

Back pain can be triggered by a variety of lifestyle factors including poor posture, being overweight, smoking, wearing the wrong pair of shoes, and not getting enough exercise.


Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Many of the older clients who visit Homewood Chiropractic Clinic are struggling with arthritis or osteoarthritis. When these conditions impact the spine, they can cause chronic back pain.



As any pregnant women will tell you, pregnancy takes a toll on the body. It is particularly taxing on the lower back as having larger belly forces the spine into an awkward position.


Chiropractic and Back Pain

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. It emphasises manual therapy including spinal manipulation and other joint and soft tissue treatment. Exercises and health and lifestyle coaching form part of the package of care.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective form of help for musculoskeletal pain. There are many different types of treatment used by chiropractors, some exclusive to chiropractors, some used by other health care professionals.

To effectively treat back pain it is necessary to get to the cause of the problem. If you are suffering back pain, our chiropractors at Homewood are highly trained in finding the cause of pain in the spine.

Our chiropractic team are here to help you. To book an appointment call our clinic on 01329 280 283 or book an appointment on our website.



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