It has been estimated that 80% of Americans will fall victim to some sort of lower back pain at some point in their lives. It is the number one reason and cause for missed work days, as well as the second most common reason for a doctor visit. The most common symptoms of lower back pain include:
- Muscle spasms
- Limited range of movement
- Difficulty moving
- Trouble walking or standing straight
- Pain around the rear
- Leg pain down towards the knee
- Sharp shooting pain
- Pain when laying down
- Swelling or redness on the back
If added along with your pain is a fever or loss of bladder or bowel control, you have pain when coughing, or progressive weakness in the legs, this may indicate a more serious condition like a pinched nerve or carpal tunnel.
There are various factors that come into play as causes when talking about lower back pain. Some of the most common factors include myofascial pain, muscle strain, herniated discs, bulging discs, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, obesity, sciatica, and improper posture and sleeping position.
Although back pain is so common, and it comes at various intensities, you still must take the proper steps to ensure it does not worsen. If you feel like your lower back pain is consistent and repetitive, then it might be time to do something about it. But you probably don’t want to take time off work, right? No worries. Here at Peak Health, we offer non-surgical options that won’t have you bedridden for weeks. Call now to learn more about what treatments are best for you and your back pain!