5 main causes of back pain

By Sally Ann Quirke | Filed under: Back Pain Causes, Know your Spine

main causes of back pain
Discover the main causes of back pain

In my experience, I typically come across 5 different causes of back pain in my clinic.

Let’s quickly quickly introduce each one to better understand what might be the underlying cause of your back pain symptoms.

Poor posture

In all my years of experience of treating back and neck pain, poor posture and movement patterns is one of the most common underlying issues. For these cases, I have found that if you do not first correct your postural habits, then you will find it much harder to make a full recovery any from posture-related pain.

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Injury or accident

Here the cause is pretty evident - everything from lifting injuries, sports-related injuries to fractures caused by falls and accidents. Being aware of how you can get injured and help prevent repetitive injury is important.


(I see this one more and more) - Just as your personality responds to stress in many ways so does your body. Tension in the muscles can have knock on effects on the nerves, ligaments and the joint to which those muscles attach. This can cause pain and pressure on the organs that the tight muscle surrounds.


Wear and tear associated with ageing is one of the more common underlying cause of back and neck pain I see. People are often advised that there is no treatment available to deal with aging-associated pain – however, this is not true. The pain relief that treatment can bring often leaves patients astonished and wondering why they put up with their discomfort for so long!

Medical Conditions

On a daily basis I treat underlying medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Osteo-arthritis, Spondyolisthesis, Scoliosis, and osteoporosis. These physiological conditions can be helped and managed well with physiotherapy treatment. Obesity is also a condition that has a strong association with low back pain and chronic low back pain.


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