What’s Causing Your Chronic Lower Back Pain?

General lower back pain that doesn’t last more than a handful of days is typically associated with a muscle strain or ligament sprain. However, chronic lower back pain often involves a more serious issue, including one or more of the following:

•    Herniated lumbar disc: This occurs when the center of a lumbar disc breaks free and puts pressure on a nearby nerve.
•    Degenerative disc disease: Over time, discs generally lose hydration and wear down. As this happens, weakening and tears can occur. 
•    Spinal stenosis: This is a condition in which the spinal cord narrows, which puts pressure on the nerve roots of the back.
•    Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: The sacroiliac joint is where the spine connects to both sides of the pelvis. Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint can cause chronic back pain.
•    Facet joint dysfunction: Facet joints are located behind each disc and are surrounded by a capsular ligament. With nerves in close proximity, any inflammation or injury is likely to cause ongoing pain and discomfort.

If you’re wondering what’s causing your chronic lower back pain, it could be one or more of the above. Rather than attempt to diagnose and treat the injury yourself, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable back specialist.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.