Lower back pain is a common occurrence in the general population and is something that can become chronic if it remains untreated. But what are some symptoms besides just uncomfortable sensations in your back?
Common symptoms of pain:
In or around your lower back
It can be any sort of pain (dull, achy, sharp, burning, stinging). It can be caused by one of these or a combination of all: muscle spasm around your lumbar spine, restricted mobility, discomfort or pain in the pelvis and hips.
In the buttocks, thighs and calves
Pain can sometimes refer into your buttock or down your leg into your calf and foot. This can present as a sharp/stinging, tingling/burning sensation or numbness. This is usually due to your sciatica nerve getting irritated.
With prolonged sitting or standing
Sitting in a bad posture for sitting in general puts a lot of pressure on the disc in your lower back (axial compression). The same can be said for standing in bad postures, due to the pressure it puts on the disc in your lower back.
This can due to stiffness from sustained postures, poor sleeping posture, quality of your mattress or pillow, or inflammation. This can also be caused by a poor night’s sleep and or stress.
Symptoms you should never ignore!
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Unexpected weight loss
- Unrelenting pain in the abdomen
Be sure to read more about when back pain is serious.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have unrelenting discomfort, or if you cannot figure out what is affecting your sleep quality, give us a call at 8599 9811 or book in here and let us help you sort it out!
By Physiotherapist, Vanessa Boon