Lower Back Pain Relief:
Lower Back Pain Symptoms and Treatment.Looking for Lower Back Pain relief or a remedy? There is no "one size fits all" remedy - every situation is different - but read on and I think you will be rewarded with a deeper insight into just what is causing your lower back pain - and the best remedial approach.
It is, of course, hard to ignore the symptoms of lower back pain - sometimes they even prevent us from sleeping. So, what is the best lower back pain remedy? The causes of low back pain can be many - everything from poor habitual sitting posture, poor lifting technique for heavy loads, road traffic accidents, pregnancy and arthritis - these are just a few.
Treating lower back pain is quite straightforward in theory: it requires elimination of the cause, followed by strengthening exercises that reduce the risk of re-occurrence. However, in practice, each case has to be examined on an individual basis - correct initial diagnosis is key.
But before we go on - let me remind you that you are not alone: lower back pain will affect up to 80% of us at some stage in our lives. It is 80% of my daily work in my own physiotherapy practice.
Lower back pain symptoms are many and varied - all need to be examined carefully before deciding on the appropriate treatment for your low back pain. The symptoms range from lower back pain alone - to pain with or without pins and needles and numbness in the legs.
The most common symptoms of low back pain that I see are lower right back pain with pain radiating down the right leg. I also see lower left side back pain and central lower back pain, but less frequently.
However, remember I see up to 20 patients a day in my physiotherapy practice and 80% of my clients have low back pain symptoms!!
Pain in the lower back can arise from many structures in your body - structures such as your discs, nerves, joints, ligaments and muscles - which can become strained, torn or impinged. Let's now look at the typical symptoms in turn:
Movement (standing up, sitting down, walking, reaching etc.) is the most common aggravating factor of mechanical lower back pain symptoms.
If you experience lower back pain at night - and it is not eased by positioning your body in a certain way then you should seek immediate medical attention to eliminate any sinister cause of your lower back pain symptoms.
Here are two general rules of thumb with regard to lower back pain symptoms. If it occurs for a known reason and disappears within 72 hours dont worry too much. If it persists longer than 72 hours and occurs for no apparent reason, or rates higher than 4/10 on a pain scale, then seek medical advice, preferably from a Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist who specialises in lower back pain.
Now, lets have a closer look at some different aspects of Lower Back Pain - treatments and remedies:
Lower back pain is caused mainly by poor posture, poor lifting techniques, road traffic accidents, pregnancy and arthritis. Lower Back Pain treatment should be approached as follows: eliminate the cause and then repair the damaged structure. Here we have a look at some of the more common causes of lower back pain (road traffic accident, poor lifting technique, poor posture) - and then an approach to repair the damaged structures through mobilisation, stretching and posture correction.
Read more on Lower Back Pain Causes and Treatment.
Lower back pain exercises need to be specific to your condition - otherwise injury may result - and are a necessity for the long term resolution of your symptoms.
Read more on Low Back Pain Exercises.
One sided lower back pain (either the left or right side) is very common. This is due to repetitive movements favouring one side of your body as well as poor postural habits. About 80% of the one-sided back pain clients I see have lower right back pain - which reflects the side that the majority of people use.
Read more on Lower Right Vs. Left Back Pain.
Lower back pain is often associated with groin pain. This is due to the close proximity of the groin to the lower back as well as the affected nerves in the back causing the groin pain directly.
Read more on Lower Back and Groin Pain.
I frequently see lower back pain in pregnancy. This is due to the hormones of pregnancy affecting the lower back as well as the postural changes which occur as your baby grows - therby putting a strain on your back.
Read more on Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy.
What are the more common forms of Lower back Surgey? What do you need to examine when considering your own situation - how do you decide if spinal surgery is right for you? What about recovery following surgery?
Read more on Lower back surgery.
People with coccyx pain often cannot sit in a normal posture as they have to place all their weight to one side of their bottom, to avoid the excruciating pain that results from sitting directly on the injured bone - even when sitting on a special coccyx cushion or pillow.
Read more on Coccyx Pain.
I frequently see with my own clients that our lower backs are often forgotten about when it comes to conscious stretching. Most of us are aware that we have to stretch the muscles of our legs and arms if we are involved in exercise, but many of us don't stretch our backs. I am frequently asked how important is it to stretch my back?
Read more on Lower Back Stretches.
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