The lower back is the region below the ribcage. The pain in this regions can be a dull ache to a stabbing, shooting or severe pain and can occur due to an injury or lifting heavy objects. In addition to back pain, if the patient experiences a loss of bowel or bladder control, pain when coughing or urinating and a fever then it is a cause of concern.
HOW IS LOWER BACK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
The cause of lower back pain can be complex as there can be several reasons that can contribute to it. Your general physician will need to identify the right cause in order to prescribe the right treatment. A physical examination will help in identifying the exact location and severity of the pain. X-rays and imaging tests will help in further investigation.
HOW IS LOWER BACK PAIN TREATED?
Therapy or treatment here depends on the associated symptoms. Usually pain relievers like NSAID are given along with doing hot and cold compress on the back. The doctor would also advise you with physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles. Traction could be given too.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pain in the lower back even though sometimes severe, gets better without the use of any medications.