Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to visit an orthopaedic or physiotherapy clinic. Nearly everyone will experience some form of back pain in his or her lifetime. The lower back is the area behind the belly from the rib cage to the pelvis and is also called the lumbar region.
Low back pain can start in a person’s early twenties and continue on throughout adulthood. Studies have shown that up to 80% of the general population are affected by low back pain (LBP) at some time during their lives.
Low back pain symptoms range from sharp and stabbing to a dull ache. The pains can be constant or intermittent and positional. Acute low back pain can appear suddenly after injury. Chronic back pain is defined as pain lasting more than three months.
Most athletic injuries to the back are sprains of the ligaments or strains of the muscles surrounding the spine. The most common sports injuries occur after repetitive overuse of the spine either through twisting, compression, or flexion. High impact sports such as running, football, badminton or lawn tennis can often cause low back pain. Sports like golf, in which repetitive twisting is often involved, can also cause low back pain. Back pain that occurs after excessive exercise or heavy lifting is frequently a strain injury.
Also, a job that involves pulling, lifting, twisting or even prolonged sitting in an awkward position can cause low back pain. Standing on your feet for hours on end, which can cause lower back pain too.
Now you are aware of common causes and symptoms of low