Common Causes for Lower Left Back Pain
Treating back pain would be much easier if the cause of the pain was simple to identify. But when it comes to lower left back pain, there are numerous reasons why you could have started experiencing pain in the first place. Many medical professionals first try to determine whether you have chronic pain or acute pain. This determination could narrow down whether the pain is the result of an injury or if there are other health issues to take into consideration. We’ve taken a look at some of the most common causes of lower left back pain to help you identify the source of your pain.
Long-term stress can take a toll on the body without you even realizing it. It can also lead to snacking frequently and overeating, which causes weight gain and health issues associated with it. The heavier you are, the more pressure is put on the spine throughout the day. Worrying about your job, financial concerns or family issues can also be detrimental to your health, including your spine. It’s hard for some people to believe their spine health depends partially on their stress levels, but it does have an impact.
Muscle Sprain or Strain
A muscle sprain or strain is the easiest type of lower left back pain to diagnose. Most times patients will tell their medical professionals about a sudden move they made and can pinpoint when the injury occurred. This type of back pain usually subsides after a few days or up to a couple of weeks as long as you remain active and continue to move your spine.
Muscle imbalances occur when some muscles are stronger on one side of the body than on the other. These imbalances happen over time, especially if you do routine things like running, playing a sport or even activities at your job. This is one of the most difficult causes of lower left back pain to diagnose, but there are effective treatment options to balance out the muscles and help the pain subside.
Nerve compression can happen to the sciatic nerve, lumbar nerves or the sacral nerve and lead to lower left back pain. The pain you experience will be gradual most of the time, so it’s difficult for the average person to make a self-diagnosis. The best medical professionals can identify nerve problems and make suggestions for treating it appropriately.
DBC Active Spine Care® works with people to improve their spine health by strengthening and increasing the endurance in the surrounding muscles and targeting the root cause of the pain. Our spine adaptive functional restoration program has a 90% success rate based on the results of more than 150,000 patients around the world. We know back pain can significantly alter a person’s quality of life, and it’s our goal to eliminate the pain so you can live a normal life. Feel free to contact us at any time to see how we can help you get your back pain under control.