Three Reasons Your Back is Stiff

A stiff back can make even the simplest of tasks seem difficult. So if you feel more like the Tin Man than Superman, it may be time to find out what’s causing that wretched rigid feeling.

According to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, back stiffness is usually caused by simple factors, such as poor posture or lack of exercise. But there are other causes that you may need to get ruled out if your stiff spine doesn’t improve with habit changes.

These include:

Tight Hamstrings

It may seem like an unlikely cause, but tight hamstrings can limit the motion in your pelvis, which can lead to stiffness in the lower back. Hamstrings can become tight due to a lack of physical activity or insufficient stretching before or after a workout.

Lumbar Herniated Disc

A lumbar herniated disc can occur when the outer ring of a disc bulges or cracks due to wear and tear. In many cases, this can result in lower back pain and stiffness, which is often aggravated by movement, coughing and sneezing or hunching forward.

Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

Lower back stiffness that is worse first thing in the morning and later in the evening can be a sign of facet joint osteoarthritis. This cause of back stiffness is more common in people over the age of 60, due to the breakdown of cartilage between the facet joints in the lower back.

If you are experiencing back stiffness without an obvious cause, get your symptoms checked out!

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