Pain in the lower back is an indication of some kind of muscle spasm, tear or other similar injuries. It could be caused due to poor posture, shoes and bad lifestyle habits. In most cases you would notice a shooting or very sharp pain in the lower back, especially when you suddenly stand up. Alongside, some people may also have swelling, redness and blackouts due to the extreme pain.
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?
Treatment for low back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic. Individuals should begin stretching exercises and resume normal daily activities as soon as possible, while avoiding movements that aggravate pain. Physical therapy programs to strengthen core muscle groups that support the low back, improve mobility and flexibility and promote proper positioning and posture are often used in combinations with other interventions. A wide range of medications are used to treat acute and chronic low back pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is advised to use back support till your lower back pain goes.