It has been estimated that 80% of Americans will fall victim to some sort of lower back pain at some point in their lives. It is the number one reason and cause for missed work days, as well as the second most common reason for a doctor visit. The most common symptoms of lower back pain include:
Limited range of movement
Trouble walking or standing straight
Pain around the rear
Leg pain down towards the knee
Sharp shooting pain
Pain when laying down
Swelling or redness on the back
If added along with your pain is a fever or loss of bladder or bowel control, you have pain when coughing, or progressive weakness in the legs, this may indicate a more serious condition like a pinched nerve.
There are various factors that come into play as causes when talking about lower back pain. Some of the most common factors include myofascial pain, muscle strain, herniated discs, bulging discs, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, obesity, sciatica, and improper posture and sleeping position.
Although back pain is so common, and it comes at various intensities, you still must take the proper steps to ensure it does not worsen. If you feel like your lower back pain is consistent and repetitive, then it might be time to do something about it. But you probably don’t want to take time off work, right? No worries. Here at Unity Spine & Joint, we offer non-surgical options that won’t have you bedridden for weeks. Call now to learn more about what treatments are best for you and your back pain!