What is low back pain?
Low back pain can be felt at any position between the lower ribs and above the legs.
The upper and lower body are connected by the lower back amd consequently it bears most of the weight of the body.
What are the causes of low back pain?
Because of the load-bearing requirements on the lower back, it is easily injured by activities such as lifting, reaching, or twisting.
At one time or another, almost everyone suffers from low back pain.
Generally most low back pain will go away in a few weeks with some basic self-care. Or if you want to speed up the process - a few chiropractic adjustments.
If the pain is severe or lasts more than a two or so weeks, definitely see your chiropractor.
Overuse, strain, or injury are most often the causes of low back pain.
Examples of situations in which causes back pain are sports, yard work, car accident or lifting an object that is too heavy, or lifting it with the back (rather
than using the legs).
What Shoud I Do About Low Back Pain?
Aging is a major factor in low back pain. Bones and muscles tend to lose strength as you age and this increases risk of injury.
The spongy discs between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) generally suffer wear and tear over time
and do not provide enough cushion between the bones. Back pain can be caused by a disc that bulges or breaks open (herniated disc) and presses on nerves.
In some cases, low back pain results from arthritis, bone loss, broken vertebrae (compression fractures), illness, or a congenital spine problem.
Often medical professionals don't really know what causes low back pain. But it is more likely to become long-lasting (chronic) if you are under stress or depressed or allow
the problem to continue as your spine remains misaligned.
Call 911 if you have lost bowel or bladder control.
Otherwise, seek medical attention if you have
Unexplained fever with back pain.
Back pain after a severe blow or fall.
Redness or swelling on the back or spine.
Pain traveling down your legs below the knee.
Weakness or numbness in your buttocks, thigh, leg, or pelvis.
Burning with urination or blood in your urine.
Worse pain when you lie down or pain that awakens you at night.
Very sharp pain.
Uncontrollable loss of urine or stool (incontinence).
Contact a medical professional if your low back pain persists and you have:
Been unintentionally losing weight
Been using steroids or intravenous drugs.
Never had or been evaluated for back pain before.
Had back pain before but find that this episode is distinctly different.
Had an ongoing episode of back pain for longer than four weeks.
Conditions that may cause low back pain and require treatment by a health specialist