News just in from our client, Saville Spine Institute about What Causes Lower Back Pain in Women.

Lower back pain is a common complaint among females, affecting approximately 80% of women at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that females are more likely to experience lower back pain than males.

Anyone, from busy moms to working professionals, can experience the discomfort and limitations of this condition. But what exactly causes lower back pain in women? Is it purely a result of physical strain, or are other underlying factors at play?

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In this blog, we will explore why women may experience lower back pain and provide tips and solutions for managing and preventing this all-too-familiar issue. Whether you are currently dealing with lower back pain or simply want to educate yourself on possible causes, keep reading to learn more.

What are the common causes of lower back pain in females?

Lower back pain can be attributed to various factors such as hormonal changes, anatomical differences, and societal expectations. Let’s dive into the common causes of lower back pain in females and provide insights on managing and preventing it.

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Pregnancy

One of the most common causes of lower back pain in females is pregnancy. As the baby grows, the body undergoes many changes, including an increase in weight and a change in posture. These changes can strain the lower back, leading to pain. Additionally, hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the ligaments in the pelvic area to relax, leading to increased pressure on the spine.

Tip: Prenatal yoga or regular low-impact exercise can help improve strength and flexibility, reducing the risk of lower back pain during pregnancy. Consulting with a physical therapist can also help alleviate pain.

Menstrual cramps: 

Many women experience lower back pain during their menstrual cycle, especially during the first few days. This is due to the release of prostaglandins, which can cause the muscles in the uterus to contract and lead to lower back pain. Women with preexisting conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids may experience more severe pain.

Tip: Over-the-counter pain relievers, heat therapy, and gentle stretching can help alleviate lower back pain caused by menstrual cramps.

Posture and sedentary lifestyle:

In today’s sedentary lifestyle, many women spend long hours sitting at a desk, leading to a slouched posture. This can strain the lower back muscles and lead to pain. Additionally, lack of physical activity and strength can weaken the muscles that support the spine, making it more susceptible to injuries and pain.

Tip: Practice good posture, take frequent breaks to stretch and move, and incorporate regular exercise, such as walking or strength training, to improve back strength and reduce pain.

Osteoporosis: 

Osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and brittle, can also lead to lower back pain in females. This is because the bones in the spine may become more prone to fractures due to the loss of bone density. Postmenopausal women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.

Tip: Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, along with regular weight-bearing exercise, can help prevent or slow down the progression of osteoporosis and reduce the risk of lower back pain.

Stress and emotional distress: 

While physical factors are often the main culprits for lower back pain, emotional distress and stress can also play a role. Studies have shown that stress and anxiety can cause muscle tension, leading to pain in the lower back.

Tip: Engaging in relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, can help reduce stress and alleviate lower back pain caused by emotional distress.

Understanding the common causes can help reduce the risk of lower back pain and provide relief. It is also essential to consult a healthcare provider for a correct diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

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