Causes of Back Pain in Women


As anyone who’s experienced back pain knows, the pain can be severe, it can be chronic, and can greatly reduce your quality of life.  Back pain can vary in its severity and can have lots of causes like injury, degeneration, and muscle strain.  For women, back pain is not only caused by the same things that cause it in men but also from several disorders unique to women.

Piriformis Syndrome

This syndrome happens due to pregnancy and is often confused with sciatica pain.  It causes difficulty getting out of bed, sitting for long periods, and pain radiating from the back of the thigh and leg. 

Spinal Osteoarthritis

Degeneration causes osteoarthritis in women’s spines as they get older.  The cartilage that protects the tops of bones degenerates, and it can be very painful, particularly in the neck and lower back.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

This is more common in women than men because it can occur during childbirth when extra pressure is put on the SI joint which can become misaligned which causes back pain.


Sciatica is when pressure is put on the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that runs from the lower back through the hips and down each leg and can be extremely painful.  It can be caused by such things as degeneration, herniated disks, and pregnancy.    


Coccydynia is common and is often caused by an injury to the coccyx at the bottom of the spine, like falling on your tailbone.  It occurs more in women because it can also be caused by an injury of the area during childbirth.


This disorder only occurs in women and is when endometrial tissue grows outside of the womb.  It can cause severe pain during the menstrual cycle, especially in the lower back.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Symptoms of PMS vary in severity and include bloating, headaches, fatigue, and lower back pain as well as behavioral changes like irritability, difficulty sleeping, and concentration problems.  

Back pain can also be the result of your lifestyle.  Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, obesity, and smoking can all be contributing factors to your back pain.  It can also be a result of something as minor as poor posture, carrying a bag over the shoulder that’s too heavy, or wearing high heels.  

You can improve your chances against back pain by maintaining a healthy weight with natural foods, getting regular exercise that includes both aerobic exercise and strength training, and of course,  not smoking.  When exercising, always warm up, and wear the right gear for the type of exercise.  Chiropractic care can ensure that your spine is aligned so your body moves the way it should.  When your spine is aligned, your nervous system can do its job.   

At North County Pain Relief, we offer a natural, drug-free approach to healing and put the health and wellbeing of all of our patients above all.  If you’re experiencing  back pain or any other type of pain, call us today at (314)731-4201 and schedule an appointment and we can come up with a treatment plan that will improve your life.