Over 80% of the population will experience lower back pain in their lifetime. Most cases are linked to muscle strain or more specific conditions of the spine such has herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis.
Herniated disc is a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that make up your spine.
Degenerative disc disease is the normal changes in the spinal discs as you age.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one bone of your back (vertebrae) slides forward over the bone below it.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine to your arms and legs.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down.
The doctor will begin assessing your condition with a consultation and examination. Then he will set a treatment plan that is best for you!
Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain may make it hard to move or stand up straight. Acute back pain comes on suddenly, often after an injury sports or heavy lifting. Pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic.
Other warning signs that require immediate care include a loss of bowel or bladder control, leg weakness, fever, and pain when coughing or urinating.
If your job involves lifting, pulling or anything that twists the spine, it may contribute to back pain. However, sitting at a desk all day comes with risks of its own, especially if your chair is uncomfortable or you tend to slouch.
Overdoing it at the gum or golf course is one of the most common causes of overextended muscles leading to a low back pain. You're especially vulnerable if you tend to be inactive during the work week and then spend hours at the gym on the weekend.
Although you may wear your purse or briefcase over your shoulder, it is the lower back that supports the upper body-- including any additional weight you carry. So an overstuffed bag can strain to lower back, especially if you carry it everyday. Consider switching to a wheeled briefcase.
Remember as a kid when you heard, "Stand up straight!" Your back supports weight best when you don't slouch. This means sitting with good lumbar support for your lower back, with feet resting on a low stool. When standing, keep weight evenly balanced on both feet.