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Low Back Pain - Cause

The most common causes of low back pain are:

  • Injury or overuse. This can include sprains or strains of soft tissues such as ligaments and muscles, fractures or compression fractures of bones, or injuries to the small joints between the bones of the spine.
  • Pressure on nerve roots from conditions such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.
  • OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis, which is usually caused by getting older.
    • When osteoarthritis affects the small joints in the spine, it can lead to back pain by making the joints themselves stiff and sore and also by creating pressure on the nerve roots.
    • Osteoarthritis in other joints, such as the hips, can cause you to limp or to change the way you walk. This can also lead to back pain.

Less common spinal conditions that can cause low back pain include:

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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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