As some readers will be aware I suffered a bout of intense back pain a couple of years ago, but have since managed to live pain free. This was due mostly to getting the right information.

However, since then I seem to be coming across more and more people suffering from some sort of back problem. Now, I’m not claiming this as some sort of empirical study, it’s just my perception.

I’m older (obviously) so maybe I just meet more older people now, so encountering more people with medical problems is to be expected. But I also regularly attend my local gym and many of the people I meet and talk to with back niggles are much younger than me.

But the one thing that concerns me is that these people don’t think it worth looking at why they might have these back problems and pains. For me, once I researched and found out what caused it helped me overcome it. I didn’t just want to rely on what the doctor or chiropractor told me. My research led me to the Healthy Back Institute.

My problem was (is) sciatica. I learned from the Healthy Back Institute about the four reasons for the pain I was experiencing.

For the non-medical (like me!):

The first (mine) is Piriformis Syndrome, where the piriformis muscle places pressure on the sciatic nerve due to the way the two are formed. Where normally the nerve goes under the muscle, sometimes it can go through it or over it, which can then cause problems.

The second is where pressure is place on the nerve from a herniated or bulging disc.

The third is caused by Spinal Steniosis where perhaps aging or trauma causes a narrowing of the spinal canal.

The fourth, and more uncommon, is Isthmic Spondylolosthesis, where one vertebrae slips forward placing pressure on the others and may once again narrow the spinal canal.

Understanding which type you are suffering from and how to live with it will go a long way to improving the life of any back pain sufferer.

If you suffer from back problems help yourself and get more information from the Healthy Back Institute.

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