Demystifying Lower Back Degeneration

It is estimated that 70-90% of Australians will experience lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives. In the 2012 National Health Survey it was reported that 3 million Australians currently had back problems. With statistics like that it’s no wonder there’s an abundance of information on back injuries out there. Here’s the short and sweet blog on the most common types of back injuries and conditions and how to manage them.

The structures that can be affected in the back are muscles, bones, ligaments, nerves and intervertebral discs. Common injuries associated with these tissues include degeneration of the vertebrae, narrowing of the canal where your nerves exit the spinal column or muscular spasms. So what causes these injuries?

Some of the most frequent causes are;

  • Poor posture
  • Acute injuries
  • Disease such as arthritis
  • Reduced bone density (osteoporosis)
  • High physical work demands
  • Genetic conditions
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Lack of fitness

Of the above, the blue risk factors are all area’s that we can improve on conservatively to manage or potentially prevent the occurrence of back pain and injury. Are you doing all you can to avoid becoming a statistic? If not, call Absolute Balance or email and see how we can help.