Lower Right Back Pain Vs. Lower Left Back Pain.Are you suffering from lower right back pain OR lower left back pain?
Is it important to distinguish between the two sides? I see lower back pain in 80% of my back pain clients. For 80% of them the pain is either confined to the right or left side (as opposed to both sides ot the middle). Of THAT 80% - about 25% have the pain restricted to the left side and about 75% to the right side.
The cause of one-sided back pain is simply due to our bodies favouring one side more than the other. Breakdown can occur on the stronger side (favoured side), or on the weaker side (non-favoured) for different reasons.
Specifically, with lower left or right sided back pain, the cause is either due to overuse (where it is the stronger side - or to weakness (where the weaker side cannot support the strength of the stronger side). As a result, breakdown in the joints, muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves may occur.
Breakdown occurs on the stronger side due to fatigue and tightness, and on the weaker side due to overstretching and weakness. The following explains the two groups of reasons further. In these examples I'll use the example of lower right side back pain (but the explanations apply equally to left sided back pain - just switch them around)
In my clinic I see a lot of this cause of lower right back pain. If you underuse the right side of your body, weakness to the muscles over your right side may result. Over time this will result in excess pressure over the right lower back causing pain from muscles, ligaments, discs, joints and nerves. This is a result of excess pressure and compression on these structures, which will eventually scream for help!!
Ultimately, a long term resolution always requires identifying your causes of your lower back pain. If the cause is on the stronger side and is occurring as a result of fatigue and tightness, then treatment should address both of these aspects, and then address the weaker side through back strengthening exercises which will help balance your back and reduce the risk of further injury.
If the cause is on the weaker side due to overstretching and weakness, treatment must address the weakness through strengthening and awareness of using both sides equally.
The cause needs to be addressed from the outset. If the cause has resulted in a joint, disc, muscle, nerve or ligament being injured, correction of the injured structure may require a Physiotherapist to correct its alignment at an early stage.
Low back pain exercises for your hurting side will depend on the cause and the structure that is injured. Once a correct diagnosis is found rehabilitation is usually very successful. Diagnosis is the key!
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