Low back pain affects 70%-90% of people in Australia
It has been estimated that low back pain affects 70% – 90% of people in Australia, during their lifetime. There are a wide variety of reasons as to why pain in the lower back occurs, it can become quite overwhelming for an individual to understand when to seek professional help.
It’s difficult to understand if pain in the lower back is from common causes such as a workout, frequent bending for a task, muscle strain, etc, or resulting from more severe causes such as a disc a prolapse, a nerve entrapment or as the result of lumbar instability.
Pain is referred from the lower back
The referred pain from the lower back is often felt in the buttocks, the side of the thighs and in the legs with prolonged periods of sitting and standing at the workplace.
However, sciatic nerve pain, in contrast, is more pronounced typically on one leg, and would frequently involve symptoms like numbness and tingling sensations, and a constant sharp shooting pain, which does not subside easily with changing positions and pain relievers.
Moreover, lower back pain arising due to a dysfunction would have frequent periodic flare-ups with no apparent reason.
And, while the pain with nerve-like symptoms radiating down the leg may appear to be the more likely reason to seek professional help, it is advisable to see a therapist for a thorough assessment if you are experiencing frequent low back pain, so as to avoid long term problems in the future.
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This blog was written by Navita Sharma from the Adelaide CBD Physio practice.