Where does back pain really come from?

When you get a pain in your back, it might seem like you know exactly what's causing it. But even if the cause has something to do with your posture, it probably isn't your spine so much as the muscles around it, as University of Texas Medical Branch chair Dr. Ronald Lindsey recently told The Houston Chronicle.

Dr. Lindsey said that the "soft tissues" often have more to do with back pain than the vertebrae themselves. Because of this, sufferers may need to rethink their pain entirely. If they approach it as a muscular issue, they might have a clearer idea of what's going on and how to remedy it.

The Chronicle also spoke to Houston Methodist Hospital's Dr. William Watters, who connected current trends in back pain with a weakening of modern bodies. Current lifestyles expose us to more dangers, the doctor said.

"Back conditioning is not as complete as it used to be when everyone was working on agrarian society," Dr. Watters added, going on to say that "a lot of us just sit around" before hurting our backs "on the weekend."

This is why looking for muscular symptoms in your back can also give you important information about your pain. For example, a back spasm or series of them can be a sign of strain and require attention to the soft tissues. In some cases, though, they could be signs of disc problems or some other larger underlying issue.

For this reason, finding a contractor sooner than later will put you on the path to real answers. Distinguishing muscle pain from spine and bone pain also means narrowing down the list of possible causes, so you get the most accurate remedy plan you can in action.