What’s Causing Your Low Back Pain?

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If you’ve ever experienced lower back pain, you’re well aware of the debilitating symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty moving, causing severe pain when walking or standing
  • Pain around to the groin, buttock, upper thigh, or a combination of — typically felt on one side the rear or leg only
  • Inflammation
  • Dull, achy pain
  • Burning, tingling pain
  • Numbness and weakness in the leg or foot
  • Severe muscle spasm
  • Tenderness and soreness upon touch

So what are the common causes of low back pain and how can you ease symptoms?

According to Spine-Health, there are several common causes associated with lower back pain, including muscle strain, ligament strain, lumbar herniated discs, and more. That includes lifting a heavy object or weight lifting with bad form, twisting, reaching, or even a sudden movement can cause muscle or ligament strain.

Other causes may include diseases such as:

Degenerative disc disease: Often treated successfully, this illness affects individuals as young as 20. When the lumbar discs sitting between the vertebrae begin to waste away, damaged discs become inflamed and bring about pain and muscle spasms.

Sciatica: This condition describes the symptoms caused when a nerve root in the lower spine is compressed, causing pain and numbness to travel along the large sciatic nerve that serves the booty, legs and feet.