What Are the Common Causes of Lower Back Pain?
The four types of lower back pain include:
- Non-specific muscular pain
- Muscle spasms
- Radicular pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
Non-Specific Muscular Pain
Non-specific muscular pain is pain that occurs in multiple areas of the lower back. This type of muscular pain is the most common cause of back pain. This muscular pain causes severe pain on one or both sides of the lower back. The cause of non-specific muscular pain includes:
- Any kind of movement that puts stress on the lower back
- Sudden or unexpected movement
Although muscle spasms are less common than non-specific muscular pain, it is still a cause a lower back pain. Involuntary muscle contractions in your back cause muscle spasms. Like non-specific muscular pain, muscle spasms are caused by:
- Heavy lifting
- Strenuous activities
Degeneration of the disk or pinched nerve roots causes radicular pain. Radicular pain causes a sharp pain that begins in the lower back and spreads to one or both legs. Feeling numbness and tingling int he legs is common.
Sciatic Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain, like non-specific muscular pain, is a common type of back pain. This type of nerve pain affects the sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve pain is a symptom of a more severe issue with nerve pain, radicular nerve pain. The difference between sciatic nerve pain and radicular nerve pain is where the pain begins. Radicular nerve pain causes individuals to experience pain in the upper part of the spine, whereas sciatic nerve pain causes intense pain in the lower part of the spine.
What Are the Typical Symptoms of Lower Back Pain?
There are different symptoms of lower back pain, some of which are more obvious than others. Typical symptoms of lower back pain include pain in the:
- Lower back
Sensory issues can also be a symptom of lower back pain. These issues can include numbness in the legs or feelings of tingling, like being poked with pins and needles.
How is Lower Back Pain Diagnosed?
Correctly treating back pain begins with a proper diagnosis. The appropriate diagnosis requires a thorough evaluation. Primary care physicians often refer patients who are experiencing back pain to a chiropractor. Before you visit a chiropractor, make a note of:
- The location of the pain
- The intensity of the pain
- The quality of the pain
- Your complete medical history
How Can the Chiropractors at Bankers Hall Chiropractic Help?
The chiropractors here at Bankers Hall Chiropractic specialize in a variety of techniques, including lifestyle advice, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, spinal and postural screenings, and corrective exercises. Contact us to learn more about the Calgary chiropractic services we offer and how they can help improve your overall health and lifestyle.