Understanding Lumbar (Low-Back) Pain

Lumbar or low-back pain is very common and frequently caused by strain, injury or damage to the muscles, ligaments, discs or vertebrae that comprise and support the low spine. Low back pain is simply a “blanket” symptom used to describe what can be a complex problem in the lumbar area of the spinal column.

Low-Back Pain Symptoms

Depending on what is causing it, lumbar pain is often described as a dull, burning or sharp pain that may be localized but can also spread out over a wider area. It can be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness and can also radiate into the legs and feet, causing them to tingle, ache or feel numb.

Lumbar Pain Symptoms

Lumbar back pain symptoms can be caused by a number of factors including arthritis, trauma/injury, disc deterioration, or mechanical stress against a joint. This pain may be acute (episodic), recurring, or chronic. Symptoms associated with low back pain typically results from musculoskeletal problems, due to soft tissue or muscle sprains or strains.

Though most symptoms of lumbar pain resolve on their own with no medical treatment, some do not. People suffering from lower back pain should seek immediate medical attention if the pain is also accompanied by an unexplained fever, significant weakness in one or both legs, sudden bladder or bowel incontinence or loss of control, severe and ongoing abdominal pain or otherwise unexplained weight loss. These can be signs of more serious conditions that require urgent evaluation and treatment.

Depending on the condition causing the discomfort, lumbar pain symptoms typically involve a severe or “nagging” pain in the lower back that seems to begin after a sudden movement, heavy physical labor or other strenuous activity. In cases where surrounding nerves are involved, lumbar pain symptoms may also be accompanied by difficulty with everyday movements like walking, standing or sitting, pain that seems to radiate to the groin, buttocks or down the thigh, severe lumbar muscle spasms and pain or tenderness upon touch of the affected area.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these lumbar pain symptoms, it is crucial to determine the cause. Even if there seem to be no other symptoms associated with low back pain, people who are suffering its associated symptoms should seek a proper diagnosis by a spine health expert.  This step is critical to ensuring that the condition causing the pain doesn’t worsen or place unnecessary stress or damage on other parts of the spine.

No matter how mild or severe, constant or intermittent, low back pain is not a normal part of life or healthy aging. If you or someone you know needs help in achieving long-term resolution of lumbar pain symptoms, the expert team at BASIC has the vast experience, advanced-training and specialty qualifications to help.

Health Tips For Low Back

  • Exercise daily – it helps reduce inflammation & muscle tension
  • Maintain a healthy body weight – extra pounds can make back pain worse
  • Quit smoking – it seriously restricts nutrient rich blood flow to the spinal discs
  • Sleep right – sleeping on your stomach can be hard on your lower back

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