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Chronic Back Pain Causes

Most Common Chronic Back Pain

Causes and Best Treatments

Common chronic back pain causes are identified. Discover the best treatment without surgery. There are both acute and chronic back related pain.

Acute pain has existed for 3-4 weeks or less and can result in severe lower back pain.

Chronic lower back pain has existed for 3 months or more. The back pain can be mild or severe but if it is longer term in nature it is chronic. Most back pain falls into the mild category because many people choose to manage mild lower back pain symptoms either by ignoring it or taking pain killers.

What they don’t understand is that their body is using the pain to tell them that their back is weak and something needs to be fixed.

There are several chronic back pain causes but you were likely injured when you were young. The ignorance of youth combined with “I am bulletproof” lets us think that we escaped without serious injury. As we age past the second decade of our lives our body is less able to cover up the sins of our past that have not been corrected.

Let’s examine a few of the most common causes of chronic back pain.

Pinched Nerve

Various things including ligament sprains can cause a pinched nerve in your lower back. The nerve root exits between a hole created by the vertebrae above and below. When one or both of the vertebrae become twisted they will touch the nerve root. This will many times cause lower right side back pain.

The nerve also controls several bodily functions and when those become disrupted various other neck, mid back and lower back pain symptoms typically arise. This is not understood by most people, even doctors, so it is typically misdiagnosed. When the twisted vertebrae irritates the nerve root it and is likely the most common of all chronic back pain causes.

A pinched nerve can also cause back pain in a child. A newborn will often end up with a pinched nerve in the neck coming through the birth canal. An infant’s back muscles are not yet developed and are not able to keep the spine aligned. A child can experience lower back pain as well, sometimes severe, after contorting themselves in weird positions.

Degenerative Disc

An injury that is not properly diagnosed and not allowed to heal properly deprives the disc of needed nutrients. This will vastly accelerate the aging process and over time will cause the disc to shrink in size, essentially degenerating. Since the lumbar area is the focus of most injuries this is also known as lumbar disc disease and one of the causes of lower back pain.

It is also very similar to discogenic back pain. This in itself can cause lower left side pain but a degenerative disc will help to create spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the nerve canal. This results in a nerve being impinged and chronic lower back pain is a common result.

Herniated Disc

A person can injure their spine and create a bulging disc in their back but often times will not feel pain immediately. Excess pressure is put on the disc when injured causing the center of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, to protrude towards the outside. This causes the disc to bulge.

Ultimately the nucleus pulposus protrudes through the outer annular wall causing a herniated disc. Chemicals are secreted irritating the nerve root causing symptoms of a herniated disc such as numbness or tingling typically one one side of the body including pain in your lower left back.

If you are like most chronic back pain sufferers you have good and bad days. Your body is telling you that you have a weak link in your spinal chain. Small mistakes will focus on this weak area making it worse. Think of how your current pain is now compared to a few years ago. It is very likely worse. This pattern will continue.

Chronic back pain means your spine is weak. One minor injury can force you to back surgery.

You must get an accurate diagnosis and seek treatment. Severe lower back pain and many chronic back pain causes can be cured with spinal decompression therapy; a non-surgical approach where the spine is gently distracted. Recent studies have had success rates as high as 86%.

There is a window of time that your problem can either be fixed or at least arrested from getting worse. Take action and make your health a priority.

Educational Videos

These 3D animations with voice-over are to help you better understand your condition and the possible course of action to treat it.

The simple to use interface will allow you to see and hear the explainations of many conditions, inculding their treatments. The Amazing Spine area will explain the human spine and each vertebrea’s affect on the internal organs and nerves.

To your better health!

Pinched Nerve In Neck

Neck Pain is Just One Symptom

Discover the most common pinched nerve in neck symptoms. Learn the top causes and best conservative treatments.

A pinched nerve in your neck is one of the possible causes of neck pain. It can either be acute, symptoms occurring within the last few weeks, or chronic; symptoms having lasted for 3 or more months. People will have symptoms that have lasted less than a few weeks and think that they have an acute problem.

Many of the symptoms will be similar to that experienced with cervical spinal stenosis.

Many times it is a chronic issue that returns periodically for no apparent reason. The same chronic problem will typically recur with shorter periods of time between occurrences and the episodes will begin to be more severe and last longer.

If this sounds like you then you probably have the same old injury that you have been ignoring. It is just steadily getting worse.

You have both motor and sensory nerves in your body. The motor nerves take information from your brain out to your body at large. An example would be your brain telling your arm to contract a muscle. Sensory nerves transmit information from your body back to your brain. An example would be your hand telling your brain that you are touching something hot.

Pinched nerves in your neck can cause either type of nerves to malfunction.

Symptoms of Pinched Nerves in Your Neck

Pinched nerves in your neck are also commonly called cervical radiculopathy. This means that the symptoms are typically referred to areas other than just your neck. They will be similar to cervical herniated disc symptoms. The typical symptoms of a pinched nerve in your neck include the following.

  1. Neck muscle pain, stiffness and muscle spasms in neck
  2. Tight muscles and spasms in shoulders and upper back
  3. Guarded movements; a person will turn moving their shoulders instead of their neck
  4. Muscle weakness

Pain, numbness and tingling into the shoulder and sometimes into the arm all the way to the finger tips

Headaches – both behind the eyes and top of the head

Since the symptoms do include numbness, tingling and pain radiating as far down as the fingertips, a pinched nerve in your neck is often confused with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Causes of Pinched Nerves in Your Neck

Muscle imbalance is a major cause of a pinched nerve in your neck. If we are in a poor posture for a long period of time, such as hunched over a keyboard, our muscles weaken and get tight. Since we are either left or right handed we will have the muscles on one side of our body be stronger than the other.

When the muscles tighten the strong side wins out and can pull vertebrae out of alignment pinching the nerve. Stress will also cause our muscles to tighten and pull the vertebrae out of alignment. Many times people get into poor positions while sleeping and wake up with a pinched nerve in their neck.

The nerve root that exits the hole or foramen between the vertebrae does not have the same amount of protective sheath that the nerve has once it starts to branch out throughout the body. This makes it very susceptible to pressure and easily causes pain.

How much pressure does it take to affect the way a nerve functions? Not very much!

In 1975 Dr. Seth Sharpless, PhD, a researcher at the University of Colorado, discovered that the mere weight of a dime resting on a nerve root will reduce the amount of electrical transmission by almost 60%.

The next two pictures show a view of the muscles in the neck from the back and from the side. Most people don’t realize all the various muscles that we have that are working in concert to make even the simplest of movements.

The back view shows you how the muscles connect to the ends of the vertebrae. This gives them a lot of leverage. When we are tensing all of our muscles you can see how easily the stronger side can pull vertebrae out of alignment.

The side view shows you just how large the trapezius and the sterno-cleido-mastoideus muscles are. These attach to the base of our skull. Since the head weighs 8-12 pounds this is also a lot of leverage that can be placed unevenly on our spine.

One of the most common causes of a pinched nerve in your neck is a trauma that will twist vertebrae. If you had a trauma such as a fall, something hit you in the head or you were involved in a car accident, you very likely twisted vertebrae. The picture below shows the bands of ligaments that connect the vertebrae together.

The ligaments act like strong rubber bands or cables that support your spine. The muscles act on the bones to create motion. The ligaments help to dictate the end of our range of motion and to re-center the bones once the muscles are at rest.

In a trauma we hyper or overextend the ligaments, straining them. If you have ever over stretched a rubber band and then noticed that it won’t retract back to its original length you have some idea of what happens to a strained ligament.

The picture above will give you an idea of how the ligaments are attached to your vertebrae. You can see that there are a ton of them and they are very strong!

Until the strained ligament fully heals it is weak making it very easy for tense muscles to pull vertebrae out of alignment. This is one of the primary causes of confusion between acute and chronic pain.

Neck pain should not be ignored. The appropriate treatment for a pinched nerve depends on the cause and severity of the problem. It is important to distinguish between an acute problem and a chronic problem that is recurring.

If you have a twisted vertebrae a chiropractic back pain specialist is the only doctor trained to correct this. Consult your physician to get an accurate diagnosis.

Arthritis In Lower Back

Arthritis in the lower back is quite common. The root cause of arthritis is due to a prolonged lack of blood flow to a particular area.

When an injury occurs to the lower back the musculature around that area will spasm. When that happens the blood vessels that run in between the muscle fibers are constricted which reduces the blood flow.

It is critical that 100% of the required blood flow reaches every area of your body.

Your blood carries oxygen to every cell in your body and those cells begin to die causing arthritis in the lower back when their blood supply diminishes.

Cause of Arthritis in the Lower Back

Blood flow is similar to the water needed to keep a lawn healthy. If your lawn needs 100 gallons of water a day to stay healthy but instead only receives 80 gallons that will have an impact long term. You may periodically give it the 100 gallons of water per day that it needs but the more often it dips down to 80 gallons per day the quicker you will begin to see the lawn deteriorate.

Your body is the same way in that it needs blood flow constantly to not only provide nutrients but to also remove waste. When the blood flow is decreased the wastes pile up in the cells and the needed nutrients are not supplied.

Long term this leads to deterioration of the organs, joints, the spine or whatever part of the body is deprived of blood. This picture shows an x-ray of a spinal disc that has deteriorated significantly compared to the other discs in the patient’s spine. The critical factors are how often does the blood supply dip below the required levels and how much does it dip.

Muscle spasms are not typically in spasm 100% of the time. You may begin to exercise or do more physical labor than you are used to which will move the muscles, reduce the spasms and get the blood pumping. You may decide to get a massage to relax the muscles or you may ice the muscles which will calm the spasms.

There are also degrees of spasm; from mild to severe. Traumas occur on a continuum from something mild such as a trip and fall to a severe car accident. The more severe the injury the more the body will cause the muscles to spasm. When injured the body goes into triage mode choosing the lesser of two evils. The muscle spasms will prevent further injury to the area even though the blood supply is reduced which will eventually lead to arthritis in the lower back, one of the common chronic back pain causes.

Many people don’t think of their spine as a series of joints but that is exactly what it is; no different than a hip, knee or elbow. Joints receive a lot more use than other areas so a reduction in the blood supply will have a more severe impact in those areas. Similar to a hinge that gets a lot of use; if you don’t grease or oil it on a regular schedule it will start to squeak and make it harder to use.

Pain not the First Symptom of Arthritis

This is exactly what happens with our joints including our spine. Arthritis in the lower back is a latter stage symptom that causes pain; this tends to get people’s attention. There will have been other symptoms that our body has given us telling us that there is a problem. Most people either don’t know how to connect the two or only choose to respond to pain. Other symptoms such as numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or a dull ache are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

Pain is not the first symptom the body chooses to use. We will not receive a pain signal until function has been reduced about 35% from normal. It would be like looking out at your yard and seeing that a third of it is brown. Most of us would see a small brown patch and go out and see what may be causing it. A sprinkler head may need to be adjusted or extra sun may be hitting it for whatever reason but we would make adjustments before a full third of our lawn has turned brown.

That is unfortunately what we let happen to our bodies most of the time. We don’t choose to act until we are in pain. To make it worse we many times try to suppress the pain with pain killers; the same as spray painting our lawn with green paint. Who would do that? We do it with our bodies though; all the time.

Arthritis in the Lower Back Treatments

The proper way to address arthritis in the lower back is to address the cause of the problem. Some accident or trauma from the past triggered the decreased blood flow. A common result of traumas is a subluxation; also commonly called a pinched nerve.

A subluxation will put pressure on the nerve root exiting between the vertebrae. Your nerves carry every signal sent from the brain out to the rest of our body.

If that signal is short circuited and cannot reach the intended destination that is when we start to have problems. Since each nerve root contains over 300,000 individual nerve fibers the symptoms will run the gamut and many of these nerves control the blood supply to various areas of your body. They also control our muscles.

A chiropractic back pain specialist is the only doctor trained to treat subluxations. After their exam verifies that there is a subluxation their adjustments will begin to move the vertebra back into alignment and remove the pressure from the nerve root.

This will restore the communication between the brain and the intended source. The correct amount of blood will now be brought to the intended areas which will reduce the arthritic symptoms.

Another treatment for arthritis in the lower back is therapeutic lasers. The newer class IV lasers are stronger and able

Flat Incline Decline Press One

Its Chest Day!!

Our chest is a large muscle group and to build a well balanced chest we have to train the muscle from different angles. There is a big misconception that incline movements train only the top portion of the chest, while decline only trains the bottom. This is completely false! The function of our pecs are to pull our arms forward and across the body. When we do this ALL muscle fibers are working. So yes when you train on an incline bench you are targeting the upper pec fibres, however the lower pec fibers are still working as well, just not as hard.

With that out of the way I will review how to train the chest using the 3 different angles.


From what I’ve noticed most people in the gym have an underdeveloped upper chest. Clearly this is a result of not focusing on it. A well developed upper chest helps to show the separation between the chest, neck, and shoulders.

Its my philosophy that at least 1 if not 2 incline movements should be done during each chest workout. I almost always do at least 4 sets of an incline dumbbell fly or incline dumbbell press. I prefer dumbbells to bars with upper chest as it allows me greater control when trying to isolate the chest muscle.

Here is a list of the most popular Incline chest building exercises:

Incline Dumbbell & Barbell Press Incline Dumbbell Fly Incline Smith Machine Press (Great when you want to go heavy and don’t have a spotter available to you) Hammer Strength Incline Press High Cable Flys Pec Deck Machine


Decline Movements will help you to target the lower pecs. Focusing on the lower chest will help you get that thick well rounded chest. Its the first part of the chest that starts to show separation, and the part of the chest most dense with muscle fibres. Once again there should be at least 1 if not 2 decline movements in each workout. While I do feel that I can get a better contraction with dumbbells, I still occasionally opt to use the decline bench press as well.

Here is a list of the most popular Decline chest building exercises:

Decline Dumbbell & Barbell Press Decline Dumbbell Fly Decline Smith Machine Press (Great when you want to go heavy and don’t have a spotter available to you) Hammer Strength Decline Press Low Cable Flys Pec Deck Machine


Although the flat bench press can be very effective, many bodybuilder will not do it for two reasons:

Many people including pro bodybuilders believe that flat bench is very hard on your shoulders and rotator cuff Some people believe there is no need to flat bench if you do incline and decline

I believe both. Whether I am right or wrong, that’s my philosophy. I have personally seen great gains since excluding the flat bench press. At one point I absolutely hated chest day due to the shoulder pain I would get halfway through my workout. Now I no longer have that pain during my workouts.

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Given that working out doesn’t melt away as numerous energy as much people hope it is going to, some individuals about eating plans, placed their exercise regimens to be able to two opposites. Overexertion could cause muscle mass along with mutual injury, heart disease, and more. In addition, working out way too hard could cause the body to get in a great anaerobic point out. This is where your fat is just not getting metabolized, which causes your system to hold extra fat as opposed to burn up this.

Fitness involves greater than exercises. A part of residing in good shape is actually locating the appropriate diet plan for your workout you are carrying out. If you press weights, you must have a different type of diet regime as compared to should you be shedding pounds.

In case reducing your weight will be your objective, next get going along with drop this! It can be every bit as excellent if you simply want to sweat off those extra. More chance to anyone! You must simply do these products for your own welfare rather than because other people want you to take a look in a certain way. Should you be engaging in shape to remember to another individual, usually in which never ends up nicely in the long run.

When you find yourself weight training, doing many representatives involving brighter weight loads can easily enhance your muscular mass more than a lesser number of repetitions with bulkier weights. Muscle tissue doesn’t merely involve lifting probably the most weight. What’s more, it requires having the capacity to withstand a training for some time with no dropping your current strength. Essentially the most productive weight lifters usually perform a number of practice involving lighter weight.

Men and women understandably focus on the genuine exercise while exercising, there are plenty of for you to extend pre and post your exercise routine. Stretching prior to your regular workout makes it possible for one’s body to be able to loosen up, and also stretches after helps to keep muscles from tensing upward. What this means is much less incidents and much less post-workout ache. This keeps injuries from happening.

Now you browse the info from above, you should know of the items it requires to achieve a good level of fitness. That can be done everything you mean to carry out in case you continue being targeted and attempt hard. The rewards will begin quickly along with endure a very long time.

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Metabolism Boosting Foods For The Obese

Individuals who have a sluggish metabolism may be obese since their systems keep the greater part of the meals they consume as body fat. If an individual possesses a quick metabolism, he does not gain pounds very easily simply because the system makes use of foods a lot more effectively. Suffering from a sluggish metabolism may also slow down digestion of food and result in tiredness.

Nevertheless, you could accelerate your metabolism and get rid of fat. Integrating certain foods into your daily diet and staying away from some other food items helps make your system a far more effective apparatus within a brief time (generally around a couple of weeks).

Metabolism Boosting Foods

Eat food items that accelerate your metabolism. There is actually an array of healthier foods that boost your metabolism. Consume food items which contain whey proteins, or have whey protein shakes. Proteins are advantageous since they have iron and B vitamins that are required for energy. Rolled oats are an excellent option simply because they are beneficial carbs with additional minerals and vitamins. Some other food items proven to increase metabolism are legumes, green teas, all-natural yogurt, almonds, spinach, eggs, turkey, roasted chicken, whole grain products, extra virgin olive oil, peanut butter, beef steak and salmon.

Healthful Fat and Natural Oils

Eat healthful fat and natural oils every day. Healthful fat and natural oils are very important simply because they enhance the way the system works and help with the fat burning task. These types of beneficial fats additionally decrease swelling and increase joint health and fitness.

Beneficial fats are also known as omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fat is available in sunflower seed, almonds, pumpkin seed, eggs, salmon and peanuts as well as seafood. You may also supplement your daily diet with beneficial fat by using cod liver oil or flax seed oil, or by the addition of extra virgin olive oil to your salads.

Stay away from harmful fat, which is present in fast foods, commercially processed foods, salty food items and fried food items as well as other packaged food items. You should not consume frozen meals, canned soup or some other food items which are rich in salt and artificial additives.

Uncooked Veggies and Fruits

Eat five to eight portions of uncooked veggies and fruits each day. Uncooked vegetables and fruit have nutritional vitamins, nutrients and enzymes which are required for cellular restoration and the metabolic process. A lot of people tend not to eat sufficient unprocessed foods. Focus your daily diet around these types of foods—you may even cultivate your own personal veggies when you have a backyard.

Including metabolism boosting foods in your diet may significantly enhance your overall health. However, it is also essential to consume your meals in a particular manner. Chew up your food gradually and invest some time dining. Have three smaller daily meals and three to four snack food items. Dining more frequently may also increase your metabolism. You should not eat after seven P.M. in the evening.


Having 100% pure water every day may also boost the pace that you get rid of fat. Water is the transportation method for nutrition and a properly hydrated system works much better. A lot of people require eight glasses of water daily. However, you may need a lot more when you spend any amount of time in the sunshine or exercise. Stay away from soda pops, sugary beverages and teas. Caffeine also has long been demonstrated to increase metabolism, although just when used moderately.

Causes Of Lower Back Pain

Discover the top causes of lower back pain. Some can be the result of a serious medical condition but it is important to understand that pain is just a symptom.

Lower back pain symptoms are telling your body that something is wrong. While a pain pill may be a temporary solution, it only masks the symptoms. It is not a treatment to permanently cure the problem.

Correctly diagnosing chronic back pain causes, mild or moderate, is important because conservative treatments are very effective in the early stages. If you are experiencing severe lower back pain get a diagnosis immediately.

Severe back pain may get better as the inflammation goes away but don’t take that as a sign that the problem is gone. It is suggested that you seek the advice of a physician rather than attempt a self-diagnosis.

Muscle Strain

Muscle strain is the most common of all low back pain causes. If we overuse a muscle this will cause small tears which then cause us pain.

Your muscles tend to be stronger on your dominant side. Since most people are right handed lower right side back pain is more common.

Many jobs now force us to lead a more sedentary lifestyle so we are more susceptible to this type of injury. Sometimes only minor heightened activity such as a couple of hours of gardening is more than we are used to and can cause a muscle strain.


While pregnancy certainly isn’t a disease the expecting mother goes through a number of changes in a very short period of time. This results in lower back pain for 50-70% of pregnant women making it one of the most common causes of lower back pain.

Many of these changes are related and compound the problem including

  1. Weight gain
  2. Muscle separation
  3. Hormonal changes
  4. Stress
  5. Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve in your lower back is also one of the more common causes of lower back pain and is typically caused by a ligament strain.

Overused muscles can cause a pinched nerve in your lower back but it is less common. When muscles are involved the right side is most often impacted but people will report lower left side back pain about 25% of the time.

The nerve root exits between a hole created by the vertebrae above and below. When one or both of the vertebrae become twisted they will touch the nerve root.

The nerve also controls several bodily functions and when those become disrupted various other symptoms typically arise.

This is not understood by most people, even doctors, so it is typically misdiagnosed. Even more frustrating is when the doctor tells you that there is nothing wrong. This is the reason that a pinched nerve is one of the primary causes of chronic back pain.

Bulging Disc

People hear the term and often ask, “What is a bulging disc?” A person can injure their spine and create a bulging disc but often times will not feel pain immediately. This is because there are virtually no nerves located in and around the disc.

Excess pressure is put on the disc when injured causing the center of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, to protrude towards the outside. This causes the disc to bulge. If this is not corrected it will eventually lead to a protruding disc; also referred to as a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disc in your lower back.

A protruding disc is one of the more serious causes of lower back pain and can require surgery if not properly diagnosed and addressed.

In the picture above you can see the nucleus pulposus beginning to bulge out towards the left.

Lumbar Spine Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis.

Lumbar spine arthritis is a degeneration of the lumbar vertebrae, particularly in the facet joints and end plates of the vertebrae. These areas have cartilage that lubricates the joints as they move against one another.

The degradation of this cartilage reduces the lubrication creating pain in the lower back and pelvis area. While one of the least understood causes of lower back pain arthritis afflicts a lot of older people.

Spondylolisis and Spondylolisthesis

Although uncommon spondylolysis occurs when the pedicle on the vertebrae breaks off or is only secured by cartilage.

This is present mostly in athletes such as football players and gymnasts so it is thought to be from a previous injury that did not heal properly.

The pedicle helps to align the spine and with it not able to do its job it allows the vertebrae to slip forward against the one below it.

This is called spondylolisthesis. Both are causes of lower back pain.


Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Some scoliosis is congenital but the majority of scoliosis is triggered by an injury early in life which resulted in a tilted pelvis.

The picture above shows the pelvis tilting from the left to the right.

The spine has natural curves in it. An abnormal front to back or side to side curve can cause mild to severe lower back pain.

While not exhaustive the above list includes many common causes of lower back pain. There are other causes of back pain covered here.

There are several treatments for lower back pain including non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.

Getting your lower back pain symptoms correctly diagnosed by your physician is critical to knowing the best treatment to recommend. Treat your health as a priority and take action.

Educational Videos

These 3D animations with voice-over are to help you better understand your condition and the possible course of action to treat it.

The simple to use interface will allow you to see and hear the explainations of many conditions, inculding their treatments. The Amazing Spine area will explain the human spine and each vertebrea’s affect on the internal organs and nerves.

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