Lower back pain is pain in the lumbar region, or lower back and is often referred to as lumbago pain. It can range in severity – some people get it suddenly, whilst other people suffer from it all the time. If you’ve been unfortunate to experience either types of pain, you’ll know that it can be extremely uncomfortable and can make every day activities a misery.

What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain can be caused by a number of conditions relating to your skeletal health or your muscles. Common structural causes include slipped discs, scoliosis (deformation of the natural curvature of the spine) or osteoporosis (brittle bone disease). Or, it could be muscle-related, caused by a sudden awkward shift in position, or lifting heavy objects at a certain angle.

What are the symptoms?

  • Mild to strong back across the lower part of your back, buttocks, groin or thigh area
  • A stiff neck
  • Difficulty in bending forward and leaning back
  • A tingling sensation or numbness in your back, buttocks or down one or both legs

What can you do to ease lower back pain?

  • Resting for long periods of time is not helpful in some cases, so stay active.
  • Take gentle exercise, like swimming, cycling or walking
  • Ask your GP to give you some techniques for maintaining a good sitting and standing posture
  • Try sleeping on a very firm, flat surface
  • See your GP to work out what exactly is going wrong.

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