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Low Back Pain Q & A

Low back pain can be both frustrating and agonizing at the same time, as it can disrupt movement, structural support, and the protection of specific bodily tissues. It is typically the consequence of ailments which affect the lumbar spine as well as the intervertebral discs, and if left untreated can greatly compromise one’s quality of life.


Causes of Low Back Pain

There are numerous factors that can cause this condition, which must be identified before proper treatment can be administered. Some of them include irritated nerves, lumbar strain, joint and bone conditions and bone encroachment. Mechanical pressure might irritate the lumbar spinal nerves, which can be the result of inflammation, viral infection, or a diseased lumbar disc.


Lumbar strain is a type of injury that comes from excessive stretching of the tendons, muscles or ligaments in the lower back. The stretching causes micro tears, and is the most frequent cause of pain in one’s lower extremities. If the injury lasts for days or a few weeks it is called acute, but if the problem occurs for longer than ninety days it is referred to as being chronic.


Symptoms of Low Back Pain

Here are a few of the symptoms which are commonly associated with low back pain:

  • Back pain which extends to the feet, legs or buttocks
  • Back pain that worsens after sitting for long periods of time
  • Back pain that subsides when changing positions
  • Back pain that is present when waking up but subsides after moving


Treatment of Low Back Pain

The treatment which is provided will depend on the underlying cause. The most basic involve the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and ice/heat compresses, which can be effective for mild cases. For moderate issues, doctors might recommend wearing shoes which are supportive, such as sneakers and flats. Changing your mattress is another great way to bring support to your back while you sleep. Exercises such as yoga have also proven therapeutic, along with massages, acupuncture and physical therapy.


Surgery should always be a last resort, because aside from the fact that it is expensive, there are a number of complications which can occur and the recovery time can be extensive. Research indicates that for most people, surgery is unnecessary since lifestyle changes and physical therapy have proven to be highly effective.