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LOWER BACK PAIN - CONDITIONS
IMBALANCES, the chain reaction
Low back injuries create muscular and structural imbalances beyond the injured region.
Low back pain results from damage to bone, ligament, tendon, nerve, and muscle of the skeletal and musculature back region.
Low back pain injuries create tug-of-wars with opposing and attachments of bone, ligament, tendon, and muscle. The longer you tolerate this imbalance, the more tissue is damaged, prolonging recovery and or reoccurrences.
If the severity is beyond a very mild strain, it creates a chain reaction throughout the body. The initial injury may be a herniated, bulging disc, fracture, neural, or tissue. Regardless of the type of injury there will be a chain reaction. The best way to correct imbalances in the entire body from all injuries is a prevention exercise program. The most effective recovery solution, no matter the injury, is a well-constructed strengthening and stretching exercise program that stimulates all attachments of the pelvis and connective tissue surrounding the injured region.
Letís use the scenario of someone who seriously injured their erector muscles in their low back. The muscle becomes weak and unstable, which affect the control of its tendon. The weaken tendons of the erector are attached to another muscle or bone and in this case another muscle, the psoas (so-as) group. The psoas muscle is now over or under compensating for the weakness of the attaching erector tendon. The psoas connects to the pelvis bone. The rotating and tilting abilities of the pelvis become un-centered and unbalanced. The pelvis is attached to the abs, glutes, quads, hamstring and other numerous muscles. The non-injured leg muscles are healthy and strong; too strong for the connective tissue of the injured back erectors. This causes over or under rotation or tilt of the pelvis. There is now a difference in leg lengths causing a very slight limp. This tug-of-war from upper body back muscles verses lower body leg muscles has now caused vertebrae joint instability which can lead to numerous conditions and various pain levels such as stenosis, inflammation, nerve impingement, bulging, or herniated disc, ligament, tendon muscle, hyper-mobility, and so much more.
Imagine this scenario with the additional stress from lifting a package or bend-and-twist.
Hyper-mobility can also be a result of the chain reaction from an injured tendon, ligament or weaken muscles. This is when vertebrae movement is increased irregularly, slipping in and out of good spinal alignment. This is primarily from the lack of support, stability and integrity of the joint from the attachments to ligament, tendon or weakened muscle. The disc can be forced into an irregular shape, bulge or worse, increasing stress and pressures of the nerves and neuro pathways. The nerves and nerve-passage ways can be affected by impingement or inflammation.
An exercise program is the safest, cheapest, time-efficient, most effective method to correct this condition and nearly every back pain condition.
Before you consider surgery, ask your doctor about post-operation recommendations. You will hear the doctors, all medical and alternative professionals agreeing that a well-designed, balanced strengthening and stretching exercise program will accelerate and compliment all treatment procedures.
Degenerative disc disease: a gradual loss of ability or function
Degenerative disc can be the primary cause that starts a chain reaction affect in the lower back. The disc gradually loses height and function, stressing the vertebrae, nerves, passage ways, and supportive tissue causing mild to severe pain.
To call this a disease in need of surgery is in my opinion a huge stretch to justify a medical procedure. Have you ever heard of little Jimmy catching this dreaded disease while playing in the creek, woods, from animal bites, blood, nutrition or the kid down the street? How about genetic illness? In my opinion the genetic influence are natural aging and nutrition habits. One might say well, my brother, father and grandfather had it, so it must be a genetic disease. Yes, they all had the condition due to decades of dehydration caused by smoking; alcohol, drugs, sodas, coffee, tea, caffeine, and the lack of proper daily hydration with H2O (refer to my hydration article).
Over decades our discs lose height from dehydration causing us to actually shrink. Remember when you were about 22 years old and dad was 3 inches taller than you, grandpa 2 inches taller? Now that youíre 40ish youíre an inch taller than dad and tower over grandpa. If you fall into this scenario, you may want to closely examine your family hydration history and nutritional habits.
Again, dehydration and natural aging are the more common elements causing degenerative disc.
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