Back pain can strike suddenly, like when you lift a heavy object. Or it can come on gradually, over time, from issues like poor posture or weight gain. At some point in their lives, up to 90% of people in the U.S. suffer from low back pain.1 If you’re among that group, it’s important to pinpoint why your back hurts so you can get the right treatment to relieve your back pain or numbness. So if you find yourself wondering, why does my back hurt, read on to learn the causes of back pain: - An accident or injury, such as a car accident, a sports injury that can lead to a sprain or spasm, a fall or lifting a heavy object. - Lifestyle factors, like obesity, sitting for long periods of time, poor posture while sitting and standing, lack of exercise, stress that causes muscle tension in the back, being out of shape or carrying a heavy backpack. Over training, or improper form while exercising can also cause lower back pain. - Spine issues, like a herniated disc, bulging disc, spinal stenosis or a pinched nerve. Herniated or bulging discs can cause sciatica, which can cause other complications with bowel and bladder control. Also, muscles and ligaments hold vertebrae in their proper position, so a strain from overstretching or twisting your back can cause pain. - Medical issues, like arthritis, endometriosis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Contact Back Pain Doctor Morris County if back pain is severe, lasts for more than a couple of days or keeps you away from your daily activities. Our spinal doctors can help identify the cause of your back pain and recommend a treatment plan for managing and relieving your back pain. Call us now: (862) 926-3161.