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Categories: Lower Back Pain

Triggers and Acute Lower Back Pain El Paso, Texas


Sometimes low back pain comes out of nowhere, but that sudden twinge in the lower back does have a cause. With some cases, there’s a trigger, like picking up a heavy object/furniture from an awkward position.  But sometimes it can be a mystery and a challenge to diagnose.

It is important to know the cause of lower back pain to figure out the proper treatment plan. Otherwise, one could receive treatment for the wrong diagnosis and possibly exacerbate the existing injury.

Why do I need to know what triggers my back pain

Knowing what triggers back pain is the first step toward prevention and how to treat it.

Muscle spasms can stop you cold, and so I’m sure you don’t want another one.

Acute Back Pain

Acute low back pain typically comes on suddenly and lasts for a short time.

It often resolves on its own with self-care and a little time.

Back pain that lasts longer than three months, is considered chronic.

Chronic back pain can be more complex and require doctor/spine specialist-directed treatment, like physical therapy.

Lower Back Pain Is Common

Over 90 percent of adults will have some type of low back pain during their life.

It happens to be the number one cause of job disability globally and the leading contributor to missed work.

Lower back pain happens more often, compared to mid or upper back pain because of the location and all of the movement.

The lower back supports the upper body’s weight.

The low back known as the (lumbar spine) absorbs and distributes all of the forces and stress when we move:

  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Rest
  • Sitting
  • Sleeping

Spinal and abdominal muscles that are weakened heighten injury risk.

These factors combined make the lower back vulnerable to painful spinal conditions.

Common Triggers

When the lumbar spine:

  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments

And other connective tissues get:

  • Pulled
  • Strained
  • Sprained

Is when lower back pain happens.

Small tears in the disc can also contribute to back pain.

Basically, any number of activity and non-activity can cause damage to the spinal discs depending on the movement.

A study published in Arthritis Care & Research saw 999 people from 300 clinics in Australia, to examine their pain triggers.

The most common triggers include:

Manual tasks performed in an awkward posture

This includes:

  • Lifting boxes with the back and not bending the knees
  • Lifting something too heavy
  • Moderate physical activity
  • Vigorous physical activity

High intense strength training, long bike rides without proper conditioning, handling people or animals, and picking up children can be triggers and cause injury.

Other triggers include:

  • Overstretching
  • Twisting
  • And Trauma


  • Falls
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Sports

Triggers You Might Not Know About

Although we don’t think about it being Distracted can increase the odds of low back pain.

When we’re not paying attention,  we are more likely to lift and carry something too far from our body or distribute the weight unevenly.

Feeling tired and Fatigued is associated with lower back pain.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is vital to restore our bodies to optimal performance.

When we don’t sleep the right amount of hours we make our bodies more susceptible to injury.


Thankfully most cases are not serious and typically resolve within a few days to, four weeks healing on its own.

But if not, then there are these conservative treatments that can help you feel better and speed up healing.

Continue to Move Around

Depending on how much pain your body will allow, keep doing regular activities and exercise, as best as you can.

Activity increases blood flow, that moves oxygen and minerals/nutrients through the body.

Activity and movement help reduce muscle tension and inflammation.


This will not cure a strain or sprain, but they do help in pain reduction.

Heat helps loosen tight muscles.

This can be done by making warm compresses by soaking a towel in hot water.

Fold it to the size you need and wrap it around your lower back up to 20 minutes.  Then rest, massage and re-apply.


Physical and manual therapies like:

If the pain is intense and interferes with daily activities, a chiropractor/physical therapist can offer exercises and stretches to:

  • Improve posture
  • Increase mobility
  • Correct muscle imbalances

Acute lower back pain can stop you cold with its intensity.

Understanding triggers can take steps to maintain a healthy spine and avoid unpleasant surprises.


Both acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve pain.

These need to be taken, specifically as directed by your doctor. We’ve seen the opioid crisis going on and now this type of treatment is now a last resort. Various medical associations are now pushing towards natural and alternative therapies before turning to medication.

Prolonged use of NSAIDs (Aleve, Advil) can be associated with an upset stomach, kidney damage and gastrointestinal conditions and bleeding, among other conditions.

Back Pain Specialist | El Paso, Tx

Back pain is one of the most common health issues frequently diagnosed by healthcare professionals. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience some type of back pain throughout their lifetimes. Because back pain can occur due to a wide array of health issues, diagnosis is essential to follow-up with the proper treatment approach. Dr. Alex Jimenez, chiropractor or doctor of chiropractic in El Paso, TX, utilizes chiropractic care to help treat back pain. Patients describe how their back pain affected their quality of life, and how Dr. Jimenez helped them improve their overall health and wellness with chiropractic. Patients highly recommend Dr. Jimenez and his staff as the non-surgical choice for back pain, among other common health issues.

NCBI Resources

Throbbing, dull and achy, sharp and excruciating. All of these words can be used to describe lower back pain. Unfortunately, lower back pain is a common occurrence in adults. According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with millions of reported cases every year. Patients who experience lower back pain never want to deal with it again, but it can flare up periodically. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 20% of those who suffer from low back pain will eventually deal with it chronically. This can cause frustration, primarily when it affects mobility.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C.,C.C.S.T

Welcome-Bienvenido's to our blog. We focus on treating severe spinal disabilities and injuries. We also treat Sciatica, Neck and Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Knee Injuries, Sport Injuries, Dizziness, Poor Sleep, Arthritis. We use advanced proven therapies focused on optimal mobility, health, fitness, and structural conditioning. We use Individualized Diet Plans, Specialized Chiropractic Techniques, Mobility-Agility Training, Adapted Cross-Fit Protocols and the "PUSH System" to treat patients suffering from various injuries and health problems. If you would like to learn more about a Doctor of Chiropractic who uses advanced progressive techniques to facilitate complete physical health, please connect with me. We a focus on simplicity to help restore mobility and recovery. I'd love to see you. Connect!

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