The lower back, also known as the lumbar spine, carries the weight of the entire upper body. It consists of cartilages and vertebrae, which have a large disc on its side that acts as a shock absorber. When these are working together, discs and facet joints enable the spine to bend and twist safely. Also, it includes ligaments, tendons, and muscles that help limit excessive movement that could harm the spinal cord.

If you have ever had lower back pain that stops you from doing what you want and accomplishing your daily activities, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is one of the most common medical problems that can affect people of all ages in their lifetime. According to World Health Organization (WHO), lower back pain is a leading cause of disability and one of the most common reasons for medical consultations.

Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Abnormal Spinal Curvature (such as Scoliosis)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Tumors

Lower Back Pain Symptoms

  • Dull and aching pain
  • Sharp, stinging, tingling, or numbness travels to the buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Worsening pain after prolonged sitting
  • Pain that feels more comfortable when changing positions
  • Worsening pain after waking up and moving around

You may not be able to avoid lower back pain, particularly when you age and your back loses strength and stamina. Luckily, there are many ways you can get help, no matter the cause of your back pain.

Remedies To Ease Lower Back Pain

  • Avoid bed rest
  • Use ice and hot packs
  • OTC pain relievers
  • Prescribed medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery

Lower Back Pain Prevention

  • Improve physical fitness
  • Stay active
  • Lose weight
  • Lift heavy objects properly
  • Make an ergonomic workspace possible
  • Make your mental health a priority
  • Refrain using tobacco products

To learn more about lower back pain and how it can affect your quality of life, especially when you feel pain when you walk, see our video here:

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