Chronic Low Back Pain

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

If it is one thing we have established so far this month, it is that it takes multiple interventions to help with chronic pain, and that is because there are many factors at play. Depending on the origin and cause of each person's pain point, different treatments may be appropriate.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability. At least 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain in their lifetime.

Most low back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects. It can also come from other sources such as cancer of the spinal cord, a ruptured or herniated disc, sciatica, arthritis, kidney infections or infections of the spine.

Low back pain is more likely to occur in individuals between the ages of 30 and 50. This is partly due to the changes that occur in the body with aging. As you grow older, there’s a reduction in the fluid content between the vertebrae in the spine.

This means discs in the spine experience irritation more easily. You also lose some muscle tone, which makes the back more prone to injury. This is why strengthening your back and core muscles and using good body mechanics are helpful in preventing low back pain.

See our video on Lower Back Pain from our Pain & Inflammation Live Series.

What does the research say about Exercise and Low Back Pain?

Geneen et al. performed a systematic review of 264 research studies using exercise as an intervention for chronic pain. The review included almost 20k subjects and covered the following conditions:

💥 Rheumatoid arthritis

💥 Osteoarthritis

💥 Fibromyalgia

💥 Low back pain

💥 Intermittent claudication