Five symptoms of possible low back pain and how to detect them early
In this short post we will tell you which are the five most common symptoms of possible low back pain and how we can detect them in time in order to prevent and avoid this painful condition that can affect us.
In a simple way, we can say that low back pain is pain in the lower back, in the area of the lumbar vertebrae, which radiates to other parts of the body. Symptoms of possible low back pain can range from mild, persistent pain to very severe, painful, and short-lived pain.
The intense and continuous effort made by the spine can produce alterations in bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves or any of the structures found in this area, causing from slight discomfort to episodes of acute pain.
Each pathology presents characteristic symptoms, which identify the most probable cause for which it has occurred, for example:
1. Strong, stabbing pain in the lower back, after having made a sudden movement or an effort
It is what we call low back pain and it is so intense that it can prevent us from walking or getting up. This pain radiates to the groin and buttock, causing muscle spasms. It is often due to a muscle strain or a fibrillar micro-tear.
2. Persistent pain in one of the legs that radiates to the foot
It is the characteristic pain of sciatica. It persists for days and is especially bothersome in the lower leg and foot. It produces numbness and makes movement difficult, worse when sitting or standing.
Its origin is in a compression of the sciatic nerve, frequently due to a herniated disc, a spondylolisthesis or a dyscarthrosis.
When sciatica progressively intensifies and is bilateral, that is, it affects both legs, the most common origin is a stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal, which contains the medulla and nerve roots. Its origin is congenital or acquired by osteoarthritis.
If we have tense hamstrings and the pain decreases when we lean back or when we sit reclining our back, it may be due to spondylolisthesis and isthmic lysis, produced by the forward sliding of a lumbar vertebra.
This pathology can be due to a congenital alteration, which does not usually appear until the end of the growth period, or due to scoliosis.
It is very important that a specialist carry out check-ups on children, since an early diagnosis is essential for the treatments to give good results.
3. Mild and continuous pain in the lower back, with episodes of severe pain or spasms
Degenerations of the intervertebral discs usually cause mild but persistent discomfort, which periodically worsens. The deterioration of these discs produces inflammation and a slight instability in the area.
These discomforts, which tend to be worse when sitting or standing, are relieved by walking or changing positions.
4. Sharp pain in the morning and at the end of the day
It is a very common pain in older people, causing numbness in the area and loss of flexibility. It is usually degenerative in nature due to osteoarthritis in the spine.
5. Sudden back pain, loss of flexibility and feeling of measuring less
It is a typical picture among our elders, which is due to a vertebral crush due to osteoporosis. This pain intensifies when walking or standing, but when lying on your back, some relief is felt.
Wedging the vertebrae can cause a deformity in the back and loss of stature.
Fortunately, all these pathologies have treatment: medication and physiotherapy can alleviate or eliminate the discomfort and in those cases in which surgery is necessary, minimally invasive techniques solve a large part of them, with excellent results and a much longer recovery period. brief.
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