Low back pain is a common problem in adults. While it may be expected after a fall, during pregnancy or with the strain of lifting a heavy object, chronic low back pain should be investigated more intensively. Two-thirds of American adults will experience low back pain in life and it remains the second most common reason for seeing a physician in the United States. Many of these cases are due to mechanical back pain where the problem likes in the bones (vertebrae), muscles, ligaments and nerves in the lower back.
It is often associated with injuries and age-related changes in the spine. This includes conditions like nerve root compression (such as sciatica), a herniated disc, myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. However, there also other common causes of low back pain that can be easily corrected with lifestyle changes. Yet these causes are often not considered. Persistent low back pain is also a common symptom of many diseases of the internal organs even when other symptoms have not as yet appeared.