Common Causes of Back Pain

Posted on October 31st, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Common Causes Of Back Pain | Pain Management Fairfield | Milford

Did you know that, at any given time, more than 30 million Americans are experiencing back pain? In fact, lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work and is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Here are some reasons why one may experience back pain:

Poor Posture

Your mother was right when she told you to sit up straight. Slouching can constrict the blood vessels and nerves in your back, plus it places immense amounts of pressure on your muscles, discs, and joints. Given that most Americans spend 10+ hours per day sitting at work, in their cars, and on their couch, it is more important than ever to practice good posture.


Lifting with poor technique puts you at a great risk of injury, and the back is one of the most commonly affected body parts. Avoid injury by keeping your back straight, engaging your abdominal muscles, lifting with proper form on all exercises, and knowing your limits.

Degenerative Discs

In between each vertebrae in your back is a spongy piece of cartilage known as a disc. These discs act as a shock absorber and prevent your vertebrae from grinding against each other. Over time, these discs begin to wear down, a condition known as degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease can begin as early as 20 years old.


Osteoarthritis is painful joint condition that can affect virtually any part of the body – including your back. Spinal osteoarthritis is known to cause stiffness in the back, and may create numbness in the legs or arms. Osteoarthritis is most common in people over 45 years old, or those who are overweight.

No matter the cause of your back pain, the orthopedic experts at OSG can get you on the road to recovery. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, we have a team of spine specialists ready to diagnose and treat your pain. If you live in Fairfield County or the surrounding area, call us at (203) 337-2600 to schedule an appointment.