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Understanding the Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common condition that affects 4 out of 5 Canadians at some point in their lives. It can be acute or chronic, and can range in severity from mild to debilitating. Understanding the common causes of lower back pain can help you prevent it and seek effective treatment when needed.

Here are some of the most common causes of lower back pain:

Strain or Sprain

Sprains and strains are a common cause of lower back pain. They occur when the ligaments, muscles or tendons in the back are overstretched or pulled, leading to pain and stiffness.

Disc Problems

Problems with the discs in the spine can cause lower back pain. Bulging or herniated discs, for example, can press against nerves in the spine, causing pain, numbness, and tingling sensations.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves that run through it. This can cause pain and numbness in the lower back, as well as the legs and feet.


Arthritis can affect any joint, including those in the lower back. Osteoarthritis, for example, can cause the cartilage that cushions the joints to break down, leading to bone-on-bone contact and inflammation.


Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that can cause lower back pain, especially in severe cases. This can cause the spine to twist and put pressure on the nerves in the back.

Poor Posture

Poor posture, such as hunching over while seated at a desk, can cause lower back pain by putting extra pressure on the muscles and joints in the back.

Chiropractors can help alleviate lower back pain caused by these and other conditions by using a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercise prescription. They can also provide education on proper posture and ergonomics to help prevent future episodes of lower back pain.

If you're experiencing lower back pain, it's important to see a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and get the treatment you need to alleviate your symptoms. A chiropractor can offer an effective and holistic approach to relieving lower back pain, improving function and enhancing overall wellbeing.

Nostos Chiropractic is a south Calgary chiropractic clinic. We offer gentle, effective chiropractic techniques and love to help people overcome pains and symptoms that are holding them back. Our doctors have each taken advanced training and offer unique services such as baseline concussion testing and concussion management, chiropractic for dogs, and more. If you'd like to book a consultation to find out what Nostos can do for you, click the link below.

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