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When You Need To Seek Medical Care For Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions with at least four out of five adults experiencing it at least once in their lifetime. One of the reasons why the lower back is so vulnerable and susceptible to being injured easily while twisting, lifting or reaching out for something, is because it bears the major weight of the body. While lower back pain is in itself not a disease and is not life threatening, it is a symptom that can occur due to a variety of underlying causes and in severe cases, the pain can be deliberating and can hamper the quality of your life.

Lakeland Spine Center wants you back to feeling better as soon as possible. Call our office today to schedule no obligation or risk free consultation with the doctor to discuss your problems.

What are the Common Causes of Lower Back Pain?

The causes of back pain can be categorized into three distinct classes:

1. Common Causes

• Osteoarthritis
• Spondylolysis
• Vertebrae or Compression Fractures
• Spinal Stenosis
• Herniated Disc

2. Spinal Causes

Spinal Degeneration
• Sciatica
• Paget’s Disease
• Bacterial Infection
• Kidney Stones
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
• oUrinary Tract Infection
• Peptic Ulcers

3. Medical Causes

• Urinary Tract Infection
• Kidney Stones
• Prostrate Disease
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

The exact diagnosis is done based on the location of the pain and the history of the injury. The severity of the pain is often not at all related to the extent of the physical damage. You could feel little or no pain from a herniated or totally degenerated disc whereas a lower pain spasms caused by a lower back spasms could trigger off excruciating pain that can make it impossible for you to walk or even stand.

Lower back pain could be either acute or chronic. Dull lower back pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks and then goes away is considered acute whereas pain that persists for more than three months is considered chronic. Chronic pain could be progressive or it there may be occasional flare-ups with intense pain followed by intermittent periods where the pain is not so severe. In chronic pain sufferers, it is often very difficult to pin point the exact cause of the pain.

Lower Back Pain Treatment

Lower back pain treatment can vary depending upon the cause of the pain as well as the location and the severity of the pain. While in some cases, rest could speed up the healing process and help alleviate the pain, sometimes, rest could be the culprit that causes the pain to worsen. If you are suffering from lower back pain, it is best to consult with the doctor rather than try any form of self-treatment.