Don’t let lower back injuries take you down for the count – Science Daily

Lower back pain occurs in as many as one in three varsity or professional athletes. There are three typical reasons for this pain. First, there is lumbar disk generation- the natural degeneration of a spinal disk (there is one such disk between each vertebrae in the spine); athletes beginning intense training regimens at a young age will accelerate this degeneration process. Second, there is lumbar disk herniation- when repetitive motions squeeze the soft center of a disk out of the disk’s hard exterior, causing pain. Third, there is spondylolysis- when a fracture in the spine causes a vertebrae to disconnect and slip out of alignment. Nonsurgical treatment (e.g. pain medication and rehabilitation programs) have high success rates, but surgical treatment is considered as a last resort.

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