Lower Back Pain
Low back pain can happen anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. The lower back camera is the connection between the upper the lower body, and it bears most of the body’s weight. So it’s pretty easy to hurt your back when you lift, reach or twist. In fact, almost everyone has low back pain at one time or another.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain Include:
• Overuse, strain or injury
• Herniated Disc
• Compression fractures
• Spine problem you were born with
Symptoms of Lower Back Pain
Depending on the cause, low back pain can cause a range of symptoms. The pain may be dull or sharp. It may be in one small area or over a broad area. You may have muscles spasms. Low back pain can also cause leg symptoms, such as pain, numbness, or tingling, often extending below the knee. A rare but serious problem called cauda equine syndrome can occur of the nerves at the end of the spinal cord are squeezed. Seek emergency treatment if you have weakness or numbness in both legs and you lose bladder or bowel control. Most low back pain is short-term (acute) and will go away in a few weeks. It is more likely to become long-lasting (chronic) if you are depressed or under stress. How is low back pain diagnosed? The doctor will ask questions about your past health, symptoms, and activities. He or she will also do a physical exam. Your answers and the exam can help the doctor rule out a serious cause for the pain. In most cases, doctors are able to recommend treatment after the first exam.