This is one of the most popular and common question that patients ask in our practice. I love answering this question because it makes the patient analyze the stresses they may have in their lives and allows them to make better health and lifestyle choices.
Sometimes it is totally obvious what caused their back pain. For example, they slipped on a wet floor and now have low back pain or they fell asleep on their sofa or in a funny position and woke up with neck pain. When symptoms come on insidiously or have a gradual or subtle onset then this is what prompts the question “what caused my pain?” I discuss with the patient that it could be from a mechanical, emotional or chemical source of stress.