Common Causes of Back and Neck Pain

Back and Neck pain can stem from various factors, and pinpointing the exact cause often requires a comprehensive assessment. Daily habits, various lifestyle factors, stress, and underlying health conditions can also contribute to lower back pain.

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Common issues include:

  • Muscle Strain: Overexertion, improper lifting, or sudden movements can lead to strained muscles in the lower back.
  • Tension or Spasm: Stress, poor posture and ergonomics can place excessive stress on the muscles and other tissues of the body.
  • Ligament or Muscle Tears: Injuries to the ligaments or muscles supporting the spine can result in pain.
  • Herniated Disc: When the soft, gel-like center of an intervertebral disc protrudes or ruptures, it can irritate nearby nerves, causing lower back pain.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: The natural aging process can lead to wear and tear on the spinal discs, contributing to pain and stiffness.
  • Osteoarthritis: The breakdown of cartilage in the joints of the lower back due to arthritis can result in pain and discomfort.
  • Spinal Stenosis: This condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Scoliosis: An abnormal curvature of the spine can lead to lower back pain in some cases.
  • Inflammatory Conditions: Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis can cause inflammation and discomfort in the lower back.
  • Trauma or Injury: Accidents, falls, or other injuries may cause damage to the structures of the lower back, resulting in pain.
  • Poor Posture: Prolonged sitting or standing in an improper posture can strain the lower back over time.
  • Scar Tissue: Natural changes that take place in the tissues of the ligaments, muscles and tendons as a result of disrupted healing. Repetitive movements/actions, prolonged stress, previous injury or trauma are the usual causes for scar tissue formation.
  • Organs: Usually accompanied by other signs or symptoms, but not always. Back and neck pain can stem from conditions affecting the organs of the body.
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By improving the function of the body, Chiropractic Care has been proven safe and effective in the treatment of back and neck pain arising from the muscles, nerves, ligaments and joints.  


Whether you suffer from Neck pain or stiffness, the West Malling, Kingshill Chiropractor has the expertise to assess, diagnose and treat the cause of your pain. The goal is to help reduce, manage and prevent your neck pain or stiffness by improving the way your neck functions.

More About Neck Pain & Chiropractic Care 

Neck pain is a prevalent issue globally, affecting a significant portion of the population. Chiropractic care emerges as a compelling avenue for treating neck pain, not only offering relief but also contributing to sustained improvements, reducing the frequency and intensity of neck pain.

Neck pain can occur from injury (recent or previous), repetitive movements, lack of movement or positions placing stress, such as poor posture, on the following structures in the spine: Muscles, Ligaments, Joints referred to as Facet Joints, Discs, Nerves and Bone. Additionally, conditions such as herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis can contribute to neck pain.

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Through precise and targeted interventions Chiropractic care focuses on enhancing cervical spine function, which can offer longer periods of pain relief and limit the usage of medication use.