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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is low back pain?

Low back pain is very common. More than 80% of people have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime. Back pain is usually not serious and most often resolves on its own, but can be frustrating when pain interferes with daily life. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, older age, female sex, physically strenuous or sedentary work, stress, and mental health issues. Serious causes include menstrual problems, injury, slipped disc, nerve disease, spine disease, joint deformities etc.

Symptoms related to low back pain

  • Low back pain

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

  • Low back pain worsens when sitting down

  • Pain changes with posture

  • Lower back pain when lifting heavy things or slouching

  • Low back pain worsens on coughing, sneezing or straining

  • Back pain

  • Spine pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for low back pain

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose low back pain

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

  • Did your symptoms appear when you move your body?

  • Do you feel the low back pain gets worse when you sit down?

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

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

Treatment for low back pain

Low back pain typically resolves with rest, over-the-counter medication and sometimes physical therapy. If the pain is severe back, radiating down the leg or doesn't improve with rest or home treatment, medical attention is required to rule out serious causes. The doctor would prescribe stronger pain killers, identify and treat the cause of back pain.

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