Lower Back Pain occurs due to an injury such as muscle sprains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects. Lower Back Pain can also take place due to certain diseases such as cancer of the spinal cord, a ruptured disc, arthritis, kidney infections, or infection of the spine. Some of the common signs and symptoms of Lower Back Pain include stiffness in the lower back, muscle spasms, pain in the back, and many more.
HOW IS LOWER BACK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
A complete medical history and physical exam can usually identify any serious conditions that may be causing the pain. During the exam, a health care provider will ask about the onset, site and severity of the pain, duration of symptoms and any limitations in movement, and history of previous episodes or any health conditions that might be related to the pain. Imaging and other types of tests include:
• Computerized Tomography (CT)
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
• Bone scans
• Ultrasound imaging
• Blood tests
HOW IS LOWER BACK PAIN TREATED?
The use of a heating pad and rest is usually advised for mild back pain. Exercising could also provide patients with some relief. A trained profession would be able to massage or use spinal manipulation to apply pressure on the affected area. Pain relieving creams and medicines such as ibuprofen can provide relief from severe back pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pain in the lower back even though sometimes severe, gets better without the use of any medications.