Lower back pain is extremely common, but knowing how to handle it isn’t. Learn the cause of your problem, and how to help it.
What falls into this category?
- Disc injuries (bulge, prolapse, herniation, annular tear)
- Facet joint or SIJ sprain (sacro-iliac joint)
- Spondylolisthesis or slippage
- Muscle strain of low back or glutes
- PGP (pelvic girdle pain)
- Pregnancy related pelvic or low back pain
- Groin strains
- Spina bifida
What are the symptoms?
- Dull or achy pain
- Muscle tightness or spasms
- Burning pain that moves down through the thighs, lower legs or feet
- Numbness or tingling
- Stiffness/ Loss of motion
- Feeling of instability in the pelvis
- Low back pain that moves into the the groin, buttocks, and pelvic region
When should I get treatment?
Urgent hospital treatment is required if you have numbness around your underpants, lose bowel or bladder function or if you lose function of your legs.
If you don’t know what it is and it is affecting your day or week, you should seek professional help. We strongly encourage you to seek help if the pain won’t leave you alone, or keeps coming back. Here at Infinity Health and Osteo, we understand that low back pain can greatly impact a person’s life, and we’re really keen to give you the best tricks to manage it.
What treatments help?
- Manual therapy
- Management of aggravating factors
- Exercise prescription and stretches
- Others such as Dry needling or taping can help
- In some cases, corticosteroid injections, or surgery may be required