If you’ve been suffering from lower back pain for an extended period of time (a few months), then you should consider the fact that it can be a sign of a more serious problem. Some of its causes can be a tumor, a ruptured or herniated disc, osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.
Other causes that could be the source include spinal degeneration, skeletal problems, strained ligaments or muscles, sciatica or fibromyalgia.
In many cases, the diagnosis is made with the help of x-ray imaging, physical exams, computerized tomography, ultrasound imaging, discography and electro diagnostics.
Some of the lower back pain remedies include bed rest, using ice and heat, biofeedback, surgery, medications, exercise, therapy and spinal manipulation.
Prolonged and persistent pain means that you should consult a doctor. If you had chronic lower back pain for a longer period of time, you will probably have to undergo some tests to find out what the cause was.
The first test will probably be a normal x-ray. It might show broken bones, fractures or vertebrae injuries.
If you have ligament or muscle strain, you will probably get better if you take analgesics, ibuprofen or you do some bed rest. In some cases, cold and hot packs together with some muscle relaxers can also help. The tension and the discomfort that it brings can sometimes be fixed with relaxation techniques or massage therapy.
When the spinal column narrows, caused the wearing down of the discs, spinal degeneration takes place. You can suspect this type of lower back pain when you feel discomfort after standing or walking for longer periods or first thing when you wake up in the morning.
Stretching before getting out of bed would be the best solution in this case, as well as limiting the standing and walking periods. There are still a few benefits to exercising, but only if done a little at a time.
A ruptured or herniated disc pushing against the sciatic nerve means that it’s sciatica. The sciatic is a nerve, which is large, and goes from the spine to the pelvis, then down the leg.