Lower back pain is the most commonly experienced pain. Up to 80% of people will experience lower back pain in their lives, at one time or another. The cause of lower back pain can be many and varied. Often lower back pain will occur suddenly and from the simplest things like bending to pick up a pencil. Even though your pain may have come on suddenly and from a simple task, does not mean the problem started then. Often lower back pain is the culmination of months, even years of neglecting your spine and posture, and the action of bending is the straw that broke the camel’s back, leading to acute lower back pain. Other times lower back pain may be the result of trauma such as lifting something heavy, a fall or an accident. In all instances it is important not to leave it and get a checkup to reduce the chances of serious damage.
Lower back pain can be central or to the sides. It may favour one side or be on both sides. Lower back pain may refer down the legs or up the spine. Sometimes pain in other areas such as the groin or legs are actually caused by the lower back or lumber region.
Getting a checkup early could make the difference between addressing the problem or surgery. Surgery is permanent and is no guarantee to fix the problem, with the same symptoms often returning after surgery. The chiropractic approach is to restore normal biomechanics and position of the lumbar spine through specific chiropractic adjustments and exercises.