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?
An orthopaedic would conduct a detailed interview regarding the back pain and when it first occurred to help find the cause of the pain. An x-ray, CT or MRI scan would be recommended to help make a diagnosis.
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?
The symptoms and severity of the pain varies largely. It may initiate suddenly or when lifting a heavy object, it could start after an activity or even when you are inactive for long hours.