Why am I getting lower back pain?

June 15th, 2016 by LOC Team

Lower back pain can be a very hard thing to treat as there are so many different causes to it. It can be an old injury that is affecting the way you walk and that might be causing the pain, it could be a slipped disc that is causing the pain. One of the biggest problems with diagnosing lower back pain is that the pain experienced can be minor or major with all of the causes so it is hard to tell what the issue is.

In this article, we are going to explain for you some of the most common causes of lower back pain and the treatments available to you. The treatments that you may receive may differ because it will depend on what the underlying issue is to your lower back pain.

What are the causes of lower back pain?

As mentioned above, the causes of lower back pain are varied and the pain from each cause can be as intense as one another so it’s hard to tell at first what the problem is. Some of the most common causes which do not need much explanation are: bad posture while standing or sitting, lifting incorrectly or bending awkwardly. However, these do not normally cause a serious condition.

In most of the cases above, your lower back pain will subside within a few weeks or months. However, some people experience lower back pain for far longer than that. The possible causes for this long term lower back pain might be:

  • Whiplash – mostly suffered in car accidents now but it is a neck injury that can be caused by any sudden impact.
  • Sciatica – the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, that’s the one that travels down the back of your leg.
  • Frozen shoulder – this is the inflammation around your shoulder that will cause stiffness and pain.
  • A slipped disc – a disc in your spine could be damaged and it is pressing on the nerves in your back
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis – this is a long-term medical condition, it causes stiffness and pain where the pelvis meets the spine.

What is the treatment for lower back pain?

In most cases, lower back pain gets better on its own, you may not even need to see a doctor. If you have only had lower back pain for a few days or weeks then you can try to speed up your recovery time and alleviate your symptoms. You can do this by using cold and hot compression packs, you can get these from any local pharmacy. Alternatively, a bag of frozen peas and a hot water bottle can work just as well. A course of over-the-counter medication can also help you deal with the pain. You should also try and remain as active as possible, try to continue doing everything you normally do day to day.

After about 6 weeks, if you haven’t seen any improvement, then it’s a good idea to visit your GP. They will be able to advise you the best course of action to take. Such actions can include: acupuncture, stronger painkillers, exercise classes, osteopathy or physiotherapy.

We know that it can be hard to stay positive in situations such as this but staying positive can really help speed up your recovery time. We hope that this article has helped you understand lower back pain. Please explore our website further to find out more about other common conditions.


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