Low Back Pain
Low back pain is any pain you experience in your lumbar (lower) spine. It is very common, and it is caused by a variety of different problems.
This pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain to persistent, severe, debilitating pain. This type of pain can interfere with normal activities. The National Institutes of Health have shown that eight out of 10 people will have back pain at some time in their life and that back pain commonly causes adults and children to limit their activities.
It is difficult to determine what causes low back pain. Some common problems include:
If you are experiencing low back pain and see a spine doctor about it, your doctor will take a medical history (including asking about back problems that may run in your family) and a thorough physical exam. Your doctor may also request an x-ray, MRI scan, CT scan, Radionuclide bone scan or an electromyogram (EMG – to test your nerve and muscle function).
There are many factors that will go into developing a treatment plan for low back pain. Those factors include:
Some treatment options include: