Describing Lower Back Pain

DESCRIBING LOWER BACK PAIN

Lower back pain is usually described as acute pain or chronic pain.

  • Acute pain comes on suddenly and lasts for few days or weeks and is considered a normal response of the body to injury or tissue damage. The pain gradually subsides as the body heals.
  • Chronic back pain usually defines as lower back pain that lasts over 3 months, this type of pain is usually severe, does not respond to initial treatment and requires thorough medical attention to determine the exact source of the pain.

CAUSES OF CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Deformity (curvature of the spine scoliosis or kyphosis)
  • Trauma
  • Compression fracture

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