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How Do I Know if I Have Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Achy, dull pain
  • Muscle spasms (sometimes severe)
  • Soreness when the area is touched
  • Difficulty moving
  • Pain that travels to the groin or buttocks

Acute lower back pain is most often caused by muscle or ligament strains. Lifting heavy objects or twisting can cause your muscles and ligaments to pull and stretch, or even develop small tears.

Sometimes lower back pain may travel to other areas of the body. When pain travels to the buttocks or legs, for example, you may have developed a condition known as sciatica.

Because the causes of lower back pain can be complex, you should let your doctor know where you are experiencing pain and how severe it is. There are many structures in your spine that can cause pain, and treatment will depend on the history of the pain and any activities that might have made the pain better or worse.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Because lower back pain can be caused by a number of different factors, you will want to consult with your doctor about possible treatments. Many patients may experience relief from more conservative, at-home treatments.

If the pain becomes severe and interferes with your normal, daily activities, you might want to consider consulting with a spine doctor to determine if surgery is necessary for your condition.

The team at Q Spine Institute focuses on minimally-invasive and innovative surgical treatment for conditions like lower back pain. While most spinal surgeons continue to treat spinal pain with traditional open surgery, our experts have spent more than a decade improving minimally invasive techniques, so that our patients can get back to living their lives as quickly as possible.

If you’d like to talk with us about possible treatments or if your symptoms worsen, make an appointment for a consultation with Q Spine Institute today. We look forward to helping you!

Lower Back Pain Quick Facts

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain, weakness, and tingling in the neck
  • Radiating pain that begins in the neck

Common Causes:

  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Disc degenerative disease
  • Scoliosis

Can affect all areas of the spine, from your neck down to your tailbone

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