Low back pain is a very common reason for people to seek medical care. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, low back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits, second only to respiratory infections. It is estimated that approximately 80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and it is a leading cause of disability and missed work days. While many cases of low back pain can be managed with self-care and over-the-counter pain relievers, some cases may require medical intervention, including prescription medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. It is important to seek medical attention if low back pain is severe, lasts more than a few weeks, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as numbness or weakness in the legs.

Below are 10 of the Most Common Causes of Low Back Pain: 

1) Muscle or ligament strain: This is one of the most common causes of low back pain. It is often caused by overuse, injury or repetitive motions, such as lifting heavy objects or twisting the back. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and muscle spasms.

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2) Herniated or bulging discs: The discs between the vertebrae in the spine are soft, cushioning structures that can become damaged over time or due to injury. When a disc bulges or herniates, it can put pressure on the nerves in the back, causing pain, numbness or tingling.

3) Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage in the joints breaks down over time, leading to pain, stiffness and inflammation. In the spine, this can lead to the breakdown of cartilage and the development of bone spurs, which can cause low back pain.

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4) Spinal stenosis: This is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the nerves in the back. It can be caused by arthritis, bone spurs or other conditions, and can lead to pain, weakness and numbness in the legs as well as the back.

5) Osteoporosis: This is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle, often due to aging or a lack of calcium and vitamin D. When the bones in the spine become weak, they can fracture easily, leading to low back pain.

6) Scoliosis: This is a condition where the spine curves to one side. It can cause uneven hips or shoulders, muscle imbalances and low back pain.

7) Poor posture: Sitting or standing with poor posture can put strain on the muscles and ligaments in the back, leading to pain and stiffness.

8) Obesity: Carrying excess weight can put a strain on the back and increase the risk of developing conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis and arthritis, which can lead to low back pain.

9) Kidney stones: These are hard, mineral deposits that form in the kidneys and can cause severe pain in the back and sides. They may also cause nausea, vomiting and blood in the urine.

10) Infection: In rare cases, low back pain can be caused by an infection in the spine or a nearby organ. Symptoms may include fever, chills, pain and swelling. This type of low back pain requires prompt medical attention.

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