Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain. Low back pain can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning and quality of life. Low back pain can often be the result of improper lifting causing muscle strain. However, more serious back pain can result from a lumbar disc herniation or lumbar degenerative disc disease.


What Could Be Causing the Pain?

Degenerative Disc Disease

• Did you play sports or participate in work or activities straining your back?
• Does the pain come and go?
• Do you feel numbness or pain in your low back or leg?
• These are symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease.

Herniated Disc

• Do you experience muscle spasms?
• Do you feel searing pain in only one leg?
• Do you feel dull or throbbing pain in your low back?
• These are some symptoms of a herniated lumbar disc.


• Do you feel heaviness in your back?
• Do you have pain while standing for long periods of time?
• Is it easier to walk with a walker or shopping cart?
• These are symptoms of lumbar stenosis. 


• Were you born with a defect affecting your back?
• Do you experience spasms in your hamstring muscles?
• Shooting pain in the left leg?
• Do you have weakness in your legs or tingling feet?
• These are symptoms of Spondylolisthesis.


• Do your clothes fit awkwardly?
• When looking at the spine, is there a noticeable curve?
• These are symptoms of Scoliosis.


• Do you have constant pain in only one leg or side of the buttocks?
• Does the pain get worse when you sit down?
• Do you have difficulty moving your leg or foot?
• These are some symptoms of Sciatica.



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