Back pain may happen suddenly, or it may develop over time due to a separate medical condition. Regardless of why or how it happens, it can be immensely painful, limiting your mobility and preventing you from going about your day.

If you suffer from back pain, you need immediate relief. Your chiropractor can help you find the source of your discomfort and help to relieve the painful symptoms associated with musculoskeletal disorders of the back, neck, and spine. The most common causes of back pain are often the simplest to relieve. 

A Back Injury May Cause Back Pain

A back injury is a major cause of back pain. Slipping, tripping, or falling can cause your body to move in unnatural ways, stretching muscles beyond their capacity or causing small fractures to appear in bones.

Injuries like these can happen if you fall from a ladder, but they can also develop from something so simple as tripping over a crack in the floor. Even lifting a heavy box or twisting your body incorrectly can result in injury to your back, causing intense pain. A chiropractor may be able to diagnose and treat these types of injuries without using invasive methods such as surgery. Common causes of back injury include:

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a disc that has ruptured. As a result, the nucleus has begun to push through a tear in the outer ring of the disc. As the nucleus shifts, it places pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, or tingling sensations. These discs are located between the individual vertebrae in your spine and act as rubbery cushions to prevent the bones from grating against each other. When one becomes damaged, pain is often the result.

Most people don't require surgical intervention for a herniated disc, but a quick trip to your chiropractor can help alleviate your pain.


Sprains happen in your ligaments. These are fibrous bands of tissue located at your joints. They connect bone to bone, and their purpose is to keep joints from moving too far in any direction. When you stretch or tear one of these ligaments, it's called a sprain, and the result is usually quite painful.


A strain happens when damage to a tendon or muscle occurs. Tendons connect your muscles to your bones. If you pull, twist, or tear either a muscle or a tendon, it can be tender to the touch.

Broken or Fractured Bone


It takes more force to break a bone than it does to cause a strain or sprain. If you think you may have broken or fractured a bone in your back, immediate medical attention is required.

A Medical Condition May Cause Back Pain

In addition to trauma or injury, some medical conditions can cause your back to ache. These may be temporary or permanent disorders, and your chiropractor will be able to help you decide on the best course of treatment.


Arthritis is a condition that attacks the lining between the bones at your joints. Cartilage may wear away, or the synovial membranes may become inflamed. This can cause a bone to rub against another bone, causing intense pain.

There are several forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both are painful and both may cause symptoms such as swelling, redness, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Kidney Stone or Infection

A kidney stone or kidney infection is a temporary condition that affects your kidneys. But because of where your kidneys are located in your body, symptoms present themselves as back pain. Antibiotics are usually helpful in curing a kidney infection. A kidney stone, alternately, may or may not require treatment as it passes naturally through your urinary tract.


Osteoporosis happens when bones become brittle or weak. It may be a symptom of aging or of calcium deficiency. Osteoporosis may cause back pain when the vertebra in your spine begins to fracture or collapse. Regular chiropractic care can help lessen the pain caused by osteoporosis.


In rare cases, tumors can cause pain in certain areas of your back. Lung cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of the colon or stomach can manifest as back pain. A spinal tumor may also be at fault. If you have back pain that doesn't seem like it's related to movement, or if you have other unusual symptoms such as bloody stool or unusual fatigue, discuss your concerns with your medical provider as soon as possible.

Chiropractic Care Can Ease Many Forms of Back Pain


Scheduling a visit to your chiropractor is a solid first step in treating back pain. Your chiropractor can perform diagnostic tests to find the cause of your pain. They can then discuss your treatment options.

Chiropractic care is less invasive than surgery and often works just as well to alleviate pain and promote healing in damaged tissue. If you're experiencing sudden or pervasive back pain, making an appointment with your local chiropractor can help.

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