The lower back, also known as the lumbar region, contains nerves that carry messages to and from the brain. Additionally, your lower back contains muscles and discs that support the upper body and provide flexibility for bending and twisting. If the lower back area has experienced an injury to any of its major components, the pain is frequent and excruciating.
19 is comprised of a wide variety of symptoms. The pain may range from mild and aggravating to severe and incapacitating. When left unattended, pain in the lower lumbar region will worsen over time.
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the lower back area, you should consider getting an accurate diagnosis of the cause, and information about the best treatment options available.
Common Lower Back Region Pain Symptoms
Many people experience pain in the lower lumbar region after suffering injuries to the muscles, nerves, joints, or discs located in this area. The lower back is extremely sensitive to injury, so it protects itself by activating an inflammatory healing effect.
Most people ignore the minor soreness caused by inflammation, or treat the discomfort with an over the counter pain medication. However, inflammation is the first indication that you need to address your lower back pain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 80 percent of Americans will experience some sort of lower back discomfort in their lifetime. Furthermore, pain associated with lower back sprains and ruptured discs is the leading disability worldwide, as well as the second leading reason Americans call out of work. Here are some common symptoms that indicate you should seek medical attention:
- A persistent ache that intensifies when you lift heavy objects or after you move around too much
- Debilitating pain that feels like a burning sensation and travels from the cusp of the back to the hip and thigh areas
- Tingling sensations or numbness that shifts from the low back area to the legs and feet (sciatica)
- Muscle spasms and stiffness in the lower back, pelvis and hips
- Soreness and throbbing that worsens after sitting and standing
- The inability to stand up with ease after bending down or going from sitting to standing
- The feeling of pins and needles in the legs
Both men and women are affected by lower back problems. While most back pain is temporary, a sedentary lifestyle or strenuous exertion can accelerate a degenerative back condition.
Lower back problems are generally classified two ways: sub-acute or chronic. Sub-acute low back problems may last from four to twelve weeks, typically clearing up with rest and limited lifting. Chronic back pain lasts from twelve weeks to the duration of a person’s lifetime. Chronic back symptoms must be treated by a medical professional.
A study conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reveals that 20 percent of Americans suffering from sub-acute lower back symptoms will experience chronic back pain within a year because they ignore the early signs.
Remedies for Lower Back Pain
In 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a report that disclosed the amount of money the American public spends on treating lower back problems. Americans spend $87.6 billion annually on prescription and home-care remedies to treat lower back issues. The report also reveals that tens of thousands of people have died from overdosing on opioid prescriptions used to treat back pain, and more than 2 million people are addicted to opioid prescriptions taken to relieve back problems.