Treatment options may include:
- Heat application
- Steroid injection
Symptoms of Lumbar/Sacral Back Pain include:
- Inability to point big toe upwards
- Numbness in leg
- Pain in the lower back
- Pain radiating down your leg
- Pain that worsens with inactivity
- Pain that worsens with activity
- Weakness in leg
Diagnostic tests include:
- Blood tests
- Bone scans
- Ultrasound imaging
To identify possible serious conditions causing low back pain, a physical exam and medical history are usually needed. Diagnosis can also depend on the location of pain, the history of the injury, and the determination if there has been a prior injury to the nervous system.
Imaging tests are normally only used for lower back pain to exclude other causes of pain.
Common forms include:
- Axial pain (mechanical pain)
- Radicular pain (sharp, shooting pain)
- Referred pain (dull and achy)
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Bone and joints conditions
- Compression fracture
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Kidney issues
- Lumbar strain
- Mechanical issues
- Nerve irritation
- Ovary issues
- Pulled or torn muscle and/or ligament (most common)
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Lumbar strain can occur at any age, but is most common to people in the 40s.
- Lumbar strain is considered chronic after three months.
- Extended activity used to be the recommendation for lumbar strain treatment, but has been found to possibly slow recovery.