Why Is Back Pain So Common?


Many people talk about their back hurting. Back pain is a common reasons why people seek medical treatment. When it comes to bending over constantly, sitting in a chair for long periods, and the increasing amount of stress in today’s life; your back takes a beating.

What Causes Back Pain?

There are numerous conditions that can cause discomfort in your back. You may hear the:

  • terms muscle strain
  • slipped or herniated disc
  • narrowing

All of these terms come from the general design of the back being altered. Disks and ligaments all help to support the back and keep it in proper alignment. The underlying problem can cause physical manifestations. For instance, if there is a narrowing in C5 and C6, then a person may suffer from upper muscle strain. One thing that people don’t consider is that the hips and back are directly linked. They are joined by the pelvis; thus they have a direct connection in the skeletal anatomy.

Using The Right Parts of the Back

The hips are known for having a great range of motion. This is because they have joints that allow them to move with ease. Consequently, the body has large muscle groups that support these joints and keep them healthy and stable. One of the more famous muscles is the gluteus maximus or buttocks. In the hip extension, this is one of the primary movers. Additionally, the gluteus medius and the minimus helps in hip abduction too. The problems occur when one part of the skeletal system tries to do something that it was not designed to do. It tries to make up for other weakened areas.

For instance, the hips are made to use when picking up something off the floor, even sitting and standing. The lower back is used to be able to get into these extension patterns. Using a section of the back for an incorrect function is called lumbopelvic association.

Are You Bending Properly?

The lower back and the hips shouldn’t working and moving together as one unit. They are designed to work independently from each other. To test how your body is working, take a pencil and drop it on the floor in front of you. Now, bend over to pick that pencil up. When you bent over, did your back straighten and are your glutes working? Most people who perform this exercise will find that their back did all the work, and there was no sensation in the glutes. It’s not terrible, but it means that it is time to retrain your body. Believe it or not, you need to retrain your brain too. Over time, using the incorrect parts of the back will cause you great pain. Correct, functional movement patterns can be taught. They can help you to take the pressure off the lower back and use the guts to do what they were meant to.

Uncovering The Real Cause of Your Back Pain

If you are dealing with back problems, you need to find what you are doing incorrectly. There is most always an underlying impairment that is causing you a great deal of suffering. Many in the medical community want to Band-Aid the issue. Rather, it is best to find the area of concern and to fix the problem. This problem is causing a reaction by the affected region. When it comes to the lower back area, think of movement as the source of pain. By moving correctly, all of the regions of the back can work together in harmony. If one pulls more weight than it should, it would certainly feel the strain. Back pain cannot be solved by popping pills as this only masks the issue. Thus, you must find what is wrong and retrain your body to use that area properly. It takes time and practice, but the results are worth the effort.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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