What is lower back pain?
While lower back pain is incredibly common among adults, exact symptoms and causes vary widely from patient to patient. Some patients may experience dull, aching pain that develops and worsens gradually over time, while others may experience sharp and sudden pain. Low back pain is usually a result of muscle strain, which can occur when a patient lifts heavy items, bends or twists into awkward positions, or sits or stands for too long, although there are a number of other potential causes.
Lower back pain can also be caused by nerve compression, age-related conditions, or trauma. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, and spinal tumors can all result in lower back pain. Many patients find that their lower back pain can be resolved with at-home treatments such as icing and rest, but if the pain is severe and persistent or interferes with day-to-day activities, it’s recommended that patients seek medical attention.
Source: Spine Universe
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain is often the result of muscle strain or injury; one of the most common causes is improper form while lifting heavy objects. It can also be a symptom of other conditions, including spinal cancer, sciatica, arthritis, or a spinal infection.
Patients between the ages of 30 and 50 are at greater risk of experiencing lower back pain. This pre-retirement patient demographic may work physically demanding jobs or play contact sports in their free time, but their bones and muscles are no longer as strong as they were in their teens and 20s. This combination of factors makes them especially susceptible to injury or strain.
The most common causes of lower back pain include:
- Muscle strain
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated disc
- Abnormal spine curvature
Source: Medline Plus
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