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Symptoms of Lower Back Pain

Studies show that nothing other than lower back pain has caused more physical disabilities throughout the world. Figures also show that 80% of the U.S. citizens have experienced this physical disorder during their lifetime. In spite of the prevalence of lower back pain among all age groups, its symptoms range from mild, sporadic discomfort to emergency room cases; makes it difficult to diagnose in some cases.Nevertheless, there are various methods of classificationof lower back pain symptoms which the most comprehensive one is provided here:


Different groups of symptoms of lower back pain
Group 1- In this group, there is asevere pain in the lower back.Any activity, sudden movement, or lifting a heavy object triggers the pain. The symptoms are seen in cases such as back muscle strain:

  • Pain that travels around to the groin or upper thigh, but hardly moves below the knee
  • Achy and dull pain
  • Difficulty moving: Sometimes severe enough to prevent walking or standing
  • Muscle spasms: Mild to severe
  • Tenderness of the area upon touch

Group 2- In this group, there is a pain that travels from the lower back to the buttock, leg, and foot (sciatica).The symptoms are seen in cases such as lumbar herniated disc:

  • Ongoing Pain
  • More severe pain in the leg and foot than in the lower back
  • Unilateral pain
  • Long standing still or sitting make the pain worse while walking relieves it
  • Burning and tingling feelings
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty moving the legs

Group 3- In this group, there is a chronic lower back pain that is aggravated by certain positions and movements. The symptoms are seen in cases such as Degenerative disc disease:

  • Low-level of constant lower back pain interrupted by episodes of severe pain/muscle spasms lasting up to a few months
  • Nagging to severechronic pain
  • Sitting intensifies the pain
  • Walkingfeels better than sitting
  • Changing positions regularly relieves the pain

 

Group 4- In this group, there is adeep ache in the lower back that is aggravated by standing or walking. The symptoms are seen in cases such as Isthmic spondylolisthesis:

  • Sciatica
  • Bending backward intensifies the pain
  • Sitting relieves the pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Fatigue in the leg
  • Tight hamstrings

Group 5- In this group, there is a Lower back pain and/or buttock or groin pain. The symptoms are seen in cases such as sacroiliac joint disease:

  • An achefelt in the lower back hips, groin, thighs
  • Lying down relieves the pain
  • Sitting  and changing positions intensifies the pain

Group6- In this group, there aresome pain and stiffness in the lower back that is the most noticeablein the morning and at night. The symptoms are seen in cases such as facet joint osteoarthritis:

  • Sleep disturbing pain
  • Stiffness in the back
  • Pain peak in the morning and at night
  • Tenderness in the affected area
  • Aching, steady or sporadic pain in the lower back that is intensified by extended activity

 

Group 7- In this group, there is a leg pain that occurs primarily when walking and standing upright. The symptoms are seen in cases such as lumbar spinal stenosis or degenerative spondylolisthesis:

  • Pain in long walks
  • Sitting relieves the pain
  • Variable symptoms
  • Gradual pain developing
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling

Group 8- In this group, there is a sudden onset of back pain, limited flexibility, and height loss. The symptoms are seen in cases such spinal compression fracture: 

  • Sudden onset of back pain
  • Standing or walking intensifies the pain
  • Lying on one's back relieves the pain
  • Height loss
  • Limited spinal flexibility
  • Deformity and disability

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