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What Is Causing My Lower Back Pain
 

What Is Causing My Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is one of the leading reasons people in the United States visit their doctors. It will inhibit the lives of millions of Americans this year.

Lower back pain is one of the leading reasons people in the United States visit their doctors. It will inhibit the lives of millions of Americans this year.

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    • ==== ====Learn how to get rid of your back pain fast. Check out this website.www.aboutbackpain.info==== ====Lower back pain is one of the leading reasons people in the United States visit their doctors. It willinhibit the lives of millions of Americans this year. In fact, an average four out of five adults willexperience low back pain at some point in their lives. So the question, "What is causing my lowerback pain?" is not uncommon.Lower back pain can be excruciating. It can be caused by a large variety of injuries or conditions,such as:* lower back muscles may be strained* discs between the vertebrae may be injured* large nerve roots extending to arms and legs may be irritated* smaller nerves that supply the lower back spine may be irritated* joints, ligaments, or even bones may be injuredWhen lower back pain occurs with other symptoms such as fever and chills, a serious medicalcondition may be present. You should see a doctor immediately.Three categories of lower back painYour lower back pain will fall into one of three categories, which your doctor bases on yourdescription of the pain.1. Axial lower back pain - mechanical or simple back pain2. Radicular lower back pain - sciatica3. Lower back pain with referred pain1. Axial Lower Back PainAxial lower back pain is the most common of the three. It is felt only in the lower back area with nopain radiating to other parts of the body. It is sometimes called mechanical back pain or simpleback pain.* Description: Axial lower back pain can vary greatly. It may be sharp or dull, constant or
    • intermittent. On a scale of 1 to 10, you may rate its intensity #1 or a full #10. It may increase withcertain activity - when playing tennis, for example. It may worsen in certain positions - such assitting at a desk. It may or may not be relieved by rest.* Diagnosis: Axial lower back pain might be diagnosed by you rather than your physician. Youknow it started when you were helping a friend move a heavy couch. On the other hand, it may beyour doctor who determines that you have strained or otherwise damaged back muscles, have adegenerated disc, etc.* Treatment: The cause of your axial lower back pain does not matter when it comes to treatment.You will want to rest for a day or two. Follow this by gentle back pain exercises and stretching. Ifyou have more pain after exercise, use a heating pad on low or medium setting. Take anappropriate over-the-counter pain medication. Follow your doctors advice.* Prognosis: Symptoms of axial lower back pain disappear with time, and about 90% of patientsrecover within four to six weeks. If you do not feel better within six to eight weeks, additionaltesting and/or injections may be needed to diagnose and treat the source of the pain.* Caution: If your pain is chronic, or so severe that it awakens you during the night, see yourdoctor.2. Radicular Lower Back PainRadicular lower back pain is commonly referred to as sciatica. It is felt in the lower back area,thighs, and legs.* Description: Radicular lower back pain often begins in the lower back, and then follows a specificnerve path into the thighs and legs. Your leg pain may be much worse than your back pain. It isoften deep and steady. It may readily be reproduced with certain activities and positions, such assitting or walking.* Diagnosis: Radicular lower back pain is caused by compression of the lower spinal nerve. Themost common cause is a herniated disc with compression of the nerve. Other causes might bediabetes or injury to the nerve root. If you had previous back surgery, scar tissue may be affectingthe nerve root. Elderly adults may have a narrowing of the hole through which the spinal nerveexits.* Treatment: Conservative treatment is the best place to begin. Rest for a few days in a bed orchair. Follow this by gradual introduction of gentle exercises specifically for back pain relief. Followyour exercise with additional rest, applying a heating pad on low to medium setting. Soak daily inEpsom salts baths. Take an appropriate over-the-counter pain medication. Your doctor may wantto use selective spinal injections.* Prognosis: Symptoms of radicular low back pain may decrease with the conservative treatmentoutlined above. Give your back and legs six to eight weeks to improve. If surgery is needed afterthat, it typically provides relief of the leg pain for 85% to 90% of patients. The back pain itself ismore difficult to relieve.
    • * Caution: If an MRI or CT-myelogram does not definitely confirm nerve compression, backsurgery is unlikely to be successful.3. Lower Back Pain with Referred PainLower back pain with referred pain is not as common as axial or radicular back pain. This pain,which does not radiate down the thighs and legs, may be caused by the same conditions thatcause axial lower back pain.* Description: You will usually feel referred pain in the low back area, radiating into your groin,buttocks, and upper thigh. The pain may move around, but it will rarely go below your knee. Itoften is an achy, dull pain. It tends to come and go. Sometimes it is very sharp, but other times it isonly a dull sensation. It can be caused by the identical injury or problem that causes simple axialback pain. Often, it is no more serious.* Diagnosis: It is very important to have a physician determine whether your pain is lower backpain with referred pain or radicular lower back pain, since the treatment varies considerably.* Treatment: Once you know for sure that yours is lower back pain with referred pain, you canfollow the treatment for axial lower back pain.* Prognosis: Symptoms of lower back pain with referred pain disappear with time, usually withinfour to six weeks. If you do not feel better within six to eight weeks, ask your physician if additionaltesting and/or injections are needed.* Caution: If your lower back pain is chronic, or so severe it awakens you during the night, youshould see your doctor.You will want to visit http://www.backpainreliefblog.com for more detailed information about lowerback pain. Packed with articles about many kinds of back pain, Back Pain Relief Blog offerspractical, down-to-earth advice on how to care for your back. Find back pain exercises to avoidback pain and to heal your aching back. Learn what natural remedies are available for back painrelief.2007© Anna Hart. Read Annas other articles about the causes of back pain athttp://www.backpainreliefblog.com for more answers to your questions about lower back pain andits causes.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Anna_Hart
    • ==== ====Learn how to get rid of your back pain fast. Check out this website.www.aboutbackpain.info==== ====