Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints of discomfort, cause of job-related disability and a big reason that people miss work. In fact, approximately 80% adults in the United States will experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes.
Lower back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden sharp sensation that can leave you debilitated. Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of things that may include:
- Sprains and strains
- Disc degeneration
- Herniated or ruptured discs
- A traumatic injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Skeletal irregularities
- Poor posture
- Lifting something too heavy or the wrong way
- Age-related changes of the spine
- Strenuous workout
- Sedentary lifestyle
Lower back pain treatment may include rest, heat and ice packs and medications to reduce symptoms.