The problem with back pain and stiffness is that it’s not always so easy for a person to identify what is causing it. Even with X-rays and other imaging technologies, the causes of back pain and stiffness can still remain a mystery to a medical professional unless there is a candid discussion about your lifestyle, posture and kind of work you do. However, there are some common causes of back stiffness and pain that may apply to your case.
Stress and Bad Posture
Stress and bad posture can cause back stiffness and even pain. When we are over worked and have to sit in an office all day doing mundane tasks, we can forget to sit properly in our chairs. The best way to sit when working at a computer is with a relaxed but straight back with the feet firmly planted on the ground. The computer screen should also be as level as possible to the view of the eyes to avoid eye strain, which often leads to contorting the back just to see clearly.
When we don’t get enough sleep, and if we don’t do it with the right sleeping posture, it can make back stiffness and pain worse. This leaves us tired in the morning with a stiff back that lasts throughout the day. When we don’t get the proper rest, exercise and stretches, the condition is exacerbated. This is why our professionals will always emphasize the importance of an active lifestyle.
Degenerative Spine Diseases
When back pain becomes severe or ‘acute’, that’s when there is usually another issue besides bad posture and hard menial labor work. This is sometimes called intervertebral spinal disc degeneration. Disc degeneration is linked closely with the aging process. The cartilage between the discs begins wearing away, which leads to stiffness and pain.
Many people go years without reporting this pain because they don’t want to be considered old. But this can get worse over time and lead to debilitating pain and discomfort if not treated with physical therapy and the right treatments. Patients that have been diagnosed with diseases like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis will most often experience back stiffness that can also lead to acute pain eventually.
Some people are born with skeletal systems that are not the norm, or irregular. This can affect the back muscles, which support the skeletal system and help it move properly. Usually, this is not a problem in the youthful years. It’s when middle age sets in that symptoms begin to occur like stiffness and pain in the back. With therapy and the right kinds of stretching and exercises, the symptoms can be alleviated greatly.
Learn More About Your Options
A consultation with one of our team members at Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab about the discomfort you are feeling is the first step to treating back stiffness. Our team can study your situation to find out what your problem is. The sooner the process is started, the sooner relief will come. Our facility is located in Cornelius. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.