Low back pain (lumbago) is a common complaint among adults age 30 and up, but occasionally even younger people can experience it.
Several factors can cause lower back pain, including:
- Herniated disc
- Acute or chronic lumbar strain
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fracture
- Poor posture
If the cause is minor, like poor posture, the pain normally goes away but comes back immediately when triggered. More serious causes can leave your lower back aching for days, weeks, or even months. It helps to analyze the condition with the help of a local chatsworth chiropractor to determine the kind of lower back pain relief to get.
Lower Left Back Pain
The left side of the lumbar area is more likely to experience pain. Pain in lower left back happens because of medical conditions like spinal stenosis, herniated disc, Ankylosing spondylitis, and sciatica, among many others. Lower back pain left side can also be due to performing intense activities like sports or if a person’s job involves lifting heavy things.
Lower Right Back Pain
Pain in the right side of the back may be triggered by intense activities like lifting heavy stuff. Serious conditions like sciatica, herniated disc, appendicitis, or sacroiliac joint issue may also be causing it aside from muscle sprain or strain.
Sciatica is another serious condition that causes pain the lower back down through the buttocks and the back of the leg. Sciatica is in itself not a disease but a symptom of a more serious condition such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc, and other disc-related diseases. Pain and location of the pain vary depending on the source of your sciatica. However, if the pain is severe and extremely affecting your daily life, having immediate consultation is necessary.
Those who are experiencing the following symptoms could be suffering from sciatic pain:
- Pain on one side of the lower back through the leg
- Worsening lower back pain when sitting
- Tingling sensation in the leg
- Numbness and weakness in the leg region
- Trouble with leg mobility
Sciatic nerve pain can impair one’s normal life. When the painful becomes severe, consultation with a specialist should be arranged to help you figure out the type of sciatica treatment that would work best for you. Doctors offer various options for sciatica relief other medications. Some would suggest surgery as an ideal sciatica pain relief but you should consider taking a less risky route.
Pinched Nerve and Other Disc Issues
Spinal discs (intervertebral fibrocartilage) are the disc-shaped ligaments installed between the vertebrae to hold them in place. They also function as shock absorber to protect the spine from sustaining trauma. These discs’ have jelly-like composition enclosed in harder shell.
The spinal disc wears out due to aging, succumbs to injuries, or weakens when disease strikes. There are several types of disc issues and a plethora of terms that sometimes confuses patients. Herniated disk, ruptured disc, bulging disc, slipped disc, and pinched nerve are often used interchangeably.
Herniated disc (also ruptured disc) occurs when the soft composition leaks through its ‘shell.’ This results in the irritation of the nerves around the spinal area and eventually causes nerve root pain (radicular pain), thus the term ‘pinched nerve.’ The pain can spread through the lower part of the body including buttocks and leg (sciatica) or through neck and arm. Sometimes, herniated disc can go undetected.
Disc pain is slightly different from herniated disc in the sense that the disc itself is affected instead of a leak. This is more known as degenerated disc and aging is a primary factor that is causing this. When the source of the pain is the disc itself, a person experiences a type of pain known as axial pain. This pain can be excruciating sometimes that one should seek a doctor for the best herniated disc treatment.
When the lower back muscle involuntary contracts or tenses, you are likely suffering from back spasm, which comes with mild to severe pain. Causes of back spasms include injuries, underlying medical conditions (arthritis, ruptured disc), or forceful and intense movements (i.e., lifting, sports). People with weak abdominals are more prone to back spasms since the abs play as back support.
Spinal stenosis is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal. As this happens mostly as part of aging, people begin to experience weakness in the spinal column with radiating pain and numbness. The symptoms of spinal stenosis are similar to those of sciatica, where there is lower back pain running through the leg area. However, leg pain with spinal stenosis is relieved when sitting as opposed to sciatica.
Spinal stenosis commonly affects people age 50 and up. Because it is a degenerative disease, symptoms do not manifest immediately. The weakening of the spine is gradual, which also results in the descrease of physical activity.
Lower Back Pain Treatment Solutions
Most of the problems involving the lower back can be treated without going under the knife. A more preferred treatment method would be spinal decompression therapy or chiropractic laser therapy. These forms of treatment are safe and 100% effective provided the patients follow doctor’s advice and perform healthy habits to encourage fast and continuous recovery.
Spinal decompression is a treatments method where the patient is placed on a traction table which main function is to stretch the spine. This helps retract the spine or reposition it to relieve herniated disc. Decompression also encourages the growth of healing nutrients for the damaged disc.
Meanwhile, laser therapy is the application of light to treat various types of conditions including:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle and joint pains
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Degenerative diseases
- Spinal issues
- Muscle strains
- Neurological pain
Laser therapy is absolutely painless and non-surgical. During the process, light penetrates the damaged cells and stimulates healing. The procedure only takes a few minutes and the results have been remarkable for those who have had at least three sessions.
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