BACK PAIN – CAUSES AND TREATMENT
Lower back pain may occur due to various problems in any part of the complex and intertwined network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, tendons or discs in the lumbar spine.
Common causes include:
Irritation of the large nerve roots in the lower back
Irritation of the smaller nerves that are located in the lower back
In case you strained two large muscles in the lower back
Broken bones, ligaments or joints
Degeneration of the intervertebral disc
Irritation or problem in any part of the above can cause pain in the lower back and the pain that spreads to other parts of the body. Identifying the symptoms and determining the diagnosis that indicates the underlying cause of the pain is the first step towards recovery and reducuction of pain.
The most common causes of pain in the lower back in adults
Adults (30 to 60 years) are more likely to experience back pain in the area of the disk (for example: lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease or muscle strain and other soft tissue).
Elderly (over 60 years) are more likely to suffer from pain as a result of degeneration (eg osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis) or due to breakagE
TYPICAL SYMPTOMS AND POSSIBLE CAUSEs IN YOUNGER PATIENTS
The main symptoms are:
Severe or expressive pain in the lower back that can occur after an activity, a sudden movement or lifting heavy objects.
Symptoms may include any combination of the following symptoms:
Difficulties in the movement that can be strong enough to prevent walking or standing
The pain that extends around the groin, buttocks or thighs or rarely below the knee.
Pain that is constant and blunt
Sensitive to touch
Stretching back muscles
Stretching the back muscles or ligaments is one of the most common causes of acute pain in the lower back.
Lifting heavy objects, twisting or sudden movement can cause stretching of muscles or ligaments, or the formation of microscopic tears.
pain in the lower back, which extends from the buttocks, legs or feet (sciatica)
The pain is generally constant (as opposed to the pain that disappears after a few days or weeks)
Pain may be stronger in the legs and foot care in the back
Mostly the pain occurs in one leg or one side of the buttocks
The pain is usually worse after long periods of standing or sitting
Severe pain (burning, burning)
Weakness, numbness or difficulty in moving the feet or legs
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