Low Back Pain
Many various injuries, illnesses, or ailments can cause low back pain — most often, an injury to muscles or tendons in the back.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms of lower back pain can come on suddenly or appear gradually. Sometimes pain develops following a specific action, like bending to pick up something. Other times, you might not be aware of the source of the discomfort.
Your bottom or the back of your legs could be affected by pain that is either intense or dull and achy (sciatica). You can hear a “pop” if your back tenses up while you’re doing something. Pain frequently worsens in specific situations (such as bending over) and subsides when you lie down.
Other symptoms of lower back pain include:
- Posture problems
- Muscle spasms
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES & RISK FACTORS?
Many injuries, conditions and diseases can cause lower back pain, including:
- Strains and sprains
- Disk problems
- Structural problems
- Spondylolisthesis: A condition where the vertebrae in the spine slip out of place. Spondylolisthesis leads to not only low back pain but often leg pain as well.