What causes lumbar pain?
Some people describe lumbar pain as low back pain, while others will complain that their” hips” hurt them, but what is the problem? Is it a hip or SI joint problem? Is it is at a low back problem? There are a lot of factors that go into finding out exactly where the pain is coming from.
What is sacroiliitis?
Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is a common cause of lumbar pain that may be overlooked or misdiagnosed. Estimates of prevalence vary, but SI joint pain and dysfunction are used to describe acute and chronic pain in the gluteal region, lumbopelvic, low back or hip with or without radiating pain into the upper lumbar area. The international Association for the study of pain defines SI joint pain as a localized in the region of the SI joint reproducible by stress and pressure test. These test will let us know if the lumbar pain is coming from the lumbar spine, SI joint or other soft tissues in the surrounding area. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction occurs from our position at the sacrum and the surrounding bones of the helpless and low back due to mechanical forces of the pelvic rotation. This will cause you to have pain while sitting for periods of time during work or driving your car.
Is it my low back that is causing the pain?
The lumbar spine is the bottom section of the spine and consists of five bones. Between these bones are structures called discs which act as shock absorbers. There are networks of muscles acting on the lumbar spine and a number of strong ligaments which provide the spine with stability. Any of these structures can be involved when you experience acute low back pain. One of the main soft tissue causes could be the quadratus lumborum muscle. This muscle can be a factor in back pain as it attaches to all of your lumbar bones and , if it is tight, can compress the lumbar spine like a vice irritating the connective tissue and facet capsules.
the pain may also occur because of the buildup of stress on the back that gradually turns into an injury. Although serious causes of back pain are rare, it is important that you have your condition assessed by a qualified health professional such as a Chiropractor or medical Dr. This is particularly important if your back pain is associated with other symptoms like fever, unexplained weight loss, pins and needles or numbness, or if you’re pain was caused by high velocity trauma such as a car accident or sporting accident.
How I keep my lumbar pain from coming back?
Returning to work or usual daily activities in a few days or less is important to your recovery. Modifying your activities of limiting your hours may be necessary. What you can expect some discomfort, getting back to regular activity helps prevent your back from becoming weak stiff. Avoid lifting heavy objects and repetitive bending and twisting.
What if my lumbar pain doesn’t get better?
If you experience severe pain or no improvement after two weeks after trying to rest, or you are unable to return to work or your daily activities, your Dr. may recommend spinal therapy. Style therapies include chiropractic care or osteopathic physicians. These type treatments help restore your normal strength and endurance.
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