An estimated 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point. I think it’s safe to say that the most common response is to address the symptoms using some kind of medication (over the counter or prescription), heating pad, stretching, minimizing movement/activity, etc. This is a perfectly understandable response as none of us wants to endure pain and discomfort. However, treating and masking the symptoms rather than addressing the source of the issue is a sure-fire way to develop a chronic problem and even worse, create additional problems as a result of movement compensations made in an attempt to avoid pain and discomfort.
There are numerous potential causes for back pain such as soft tissue injury, joint problems, arthritis, etc. However, some of the most often overlooked causes are muscle weakness, imbalance, and overactive surrounding muscles. If we address the root of the problem rather than merely treat the symptoms, we have a greater chance of finding a long-term resolution. .
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