What is Low Back Pain?
Your lower back is known as the lumbar region of the spine. It has a lot of heavy lifting to do: The lumbar spine carries the weight of your entire upper body, plus biomechanical stresses that occur with movement.
At least 80% of Americans will experience low back pain in their lifetime. It can be caused by many different things. Many low back pain issues are the result of an injury like falling on the ice or picking something up that’s too heavy. Another common cause is repetitive trauma like sitting all day or being on your feet all day. Often times Low Back Pain can lead to a condition called Sciatica. It’s important to get your spine check to not only get you feeling better but to make sure that more serious issues like degeneration of the spine or arthritis of the spine isn’t happening.
Symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing or shooting sensation. The pain may make it hard to move or stand up straight. Acute back pain comes on suddenly, often after an injury from sports or heavy lifting. Pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic.