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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is acute low back pain?

Sudden pain in the lower back. It can be caused by muscle strain (e.g. after lifting heavy things, or coughing vigorously). In some cases, the pain is apparent on waking up and no preceding cause is found.

Symptoms of acute low back pain

  • Low back pain

  • Lower back pain when lifting heavy things or slouching

  • Low back pain is worsened when getting up from sitting or lying position

  • Spine pain

  • Pain changes with posture

  • Low back pain when standing straight

  • Symptoms started with back pain on one side only

  • Back pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute low back pain

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute low back pain

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

  • Did your symptoms appear when you lifted something or leaned forward?

  • Did your symptoms appear when you move your body?

  • Do you have spine pain?

  • Do you feel that the pain gets worse or better when changing position or posture?

Treatment for acute low back pain

This condition usually gets better without treatment. Reducing strenuous activities, having a short period of bed rest, and warm compresses can be helpful. In severe cases, seeing a physiotherapist and taking medicines to reduce pain and muscle spasms can be helpful.

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References

  • Casazza BA. Diagnosis and treatment of acute low back pain. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Feb 15;85(4):343-50. PMID: 22335313.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2012/0215/p343.html

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