Dr. Andrew Arnold talks about how to recognize the low back pain warning signs.

1. Lumbar strain (acute, chronic)   A lumbar strain is a stretch injury to the ligaments, tendons, and/or muscles of the low back.

2. Nerve irritation   The nerves of the lumbar spine can be irritated by mechanical pressure (impingement) by bone or other tissues, or from disease, anywhere along their paths from their roots at the spinal cord to the skin surface.

Woman bends over and flinches in pain in her back.

3. Lumbar radiculopathy   Lumbar radiculopathy is nerve irritation that is caused by damage to the discs between the vertebrae.

4. Bony encroachment   Any condition that results in movement or growth of the vertebrae of the lumbar spine can limit the space (encroachment) for the adjacent spinal cord and nerves.

5. Bone and joint conditions  Bone and joint conditions that lead to low back pain include those existing from birth ( congenital), those that result from wear and tear ( degenerative) or injury, and those that are due to inflammation of the joints ( arthritis).

What are other causes of lower back pain?

Other causes of low back pain include kidney problems, pregnancy, ovary problems, and tumors.

What are uncommon causes of low back pain?

Uncommon causes of low back pain include Paget’s disease of bone, bleeding or infection in the pelvis, infection of the cartilage and/or bone of the spine, aneurysm of the aorta, and shingles.

What are other symptoms and signs sometimes associated with low back pain?

Low back pain can cause a wide variety of symptoms and signs depending on the precise cause of the pain as reviewed above. Symptoms that can be associated with low back pain include numbness and/or tingling of the lower extremities, incontinence of urine or stool, inability to walk without worsening pain, lower extremity weakness, atrophy (decreased in size) of the lower extremity muscles, rash, fever, chills, weight loss, abdominal pains, burning on urination,  dizziness, joint pain and fatigue.

As Massage therapists at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, a lot of people seem to forget a major muscle that can have a huge effect and aid in the cause of lower back pain. The Psoas, the major hip flexor. Now I can see your confusion as the Psoas is a hip flexor, but this muscle’s attachments are all 5 of the Lumbar spine. By releasing the psoas muscle it can have a great effect on relieving lower back pain, something most patients don’t even know and something a lot of therapists seems to forget.

What is the function of the psoas?

The psoas has a number of diverse functions, making it a key factor in health. The psoas functions as a hip and thigh flexor, which makes it the major walking muscle. What are the common pain symptoms of the psoas?

When the muscle becomes contracted due to injuries, poor posture, prolonged sitting, or stress, it can alter the biomechanics of the pelvis and the lumbar, thoracic and even cervical vertebrae. Typically a dysfunctional psoas is responsible for referred pain down the front of the thigh and vertically along the lower to a mid spinal column.

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About the author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.

Category: Myotherapy

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