What Causes Repeat Low Back Strains & Sprains?

Article by John Miller

How To Avoid Repeat Back Strain

While it is easier to understand that lifting a heavy load in an awkward position can cause back pain, it’s harder to comprehend how a simple movement can hurt your back. Yes, it can happen by merely leaning forwards to pick up your teacup or when bending to brush your teeth! We do know that some people are vulnerable to repeated lower back sprains and strains.

The reason is poor local joint control. The main reason for this is inadequate or non-existent muscle activation of the deep core stability muscles. These muscles are small but are right next to the joint to control excessive slides and glides. When they don’t work correctly, the joint can slide too far and strain its supporting ligaments. Ouch! That hurts.

The good news is You can easily correct poor core stability to prevent back pain. Don’t hesitate to contact your physio for more information or to have your core activation accurately assessed.

High-risk factors of back pain include:

  • sudden forceful movement
  • lifting a heavy object
  • twisting the back
  • coughing or sneezing
  • prolonged sitting with poor posture

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