Back Injuries

Resolving Back Pain

Back pain is caused by a broad range of environmental, physical, and physiological factors. Although back pain can be caused by several pathological processes, these are rare events.

 

Back pain most commonly originates from mechanical causes such as:

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • General lack of core stabilit

  • Biomechanical imbalances

  • Poor conditioning and muscle tone

  • Poor ergonomics

  • Poor posture

  • Trauma

What is Core Stability?

Lack of strength, muscle imbalances, or lack of stability in the deep stabilizing muscles of the core, are often associated with a variety of painful back conditions. The foundation of your core is made up of much more than just your abdominal muscles. The core includes muscles that lie deep within your torso, and muscles that extend right up to your neck and shoulders. These muscles connect to the spine, pelvis, and shoulders to create a solid foundation of support for all the primary motions of your body.

 

Some of the primary core structures include:

  • Multifidi muscles

  • Interspinales muscles

  • Intertransversarii muscles

  • Rotatores muscles

  • Internal/External Oblique muscles

  • Transversus Abdominis muscle

  • Erector Spinae muscles

  • Quadratus Lumborum muscle

  • Thoracolumbar fascia

Why is your Core so important?

When your core muscles are strong, flexible, and move freely, your body can compensate for, and respond to, the stresses placed upon it. When the core muscles are weak or restricted, your back becomes susceptible to a wide variety of injuries.

 

Attempts to strengthen only some of these core muscle groups can cause or increase core instability and injury. These injuries may be as simple as a strain/sprain, or they may lead to more serious conditions such as herniated discs, sciatica, or long-term physical dysfunction. 

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