Lower Back Pain
What are the SYMPTOMS?
Low back pain can be caused by many different things, and can range from an acute problem that recently started to a chronic injury decades in the making. Pain can be caused from facet joints, to muscles, to discs, to nerve compressions. Identifying the root cause of the problem is the key aspect in determining what treatments are necessary to both relieve pain and to improve function.
Depending on the underlying cause of the pain, symptoms can be experienced in a variety of ways. For example:
Pain that is dull or achy, contained to the low back
Stinging, burning pain that moves from the low back to the backs of the thighs, sometimes into the lower legs or feet; can include numbness or tingling (sciatica)
Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis, and hips
Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
Difficulty standing up straight, walking, or going from standing to sitting
Who is at risk?
Risk factors for LBP encompass a large range of the population. Job conditions, recreational activities, sedentary lifestyle, and age increase the risk for LBP. Along with events such as pregnancy, auto accidents or trauma.
What are the treatments?
Treatment for low back pain will depend on the root cause of the problem. After a thorough and comprehensive exam, a treatment plan might consist of therapies such as chiropractic care, rehab, trigger point therapy, bracing, or any combination of those treatments.