Lower backache

The complexity of the lower back means that even small amounts of damage can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Lower Back

The complexity of the lower back means that even small amounts of damage can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Pain in your lower back is usually a symptom of damage to your ligaments, muscles, tendons or discs. Lower back pain (lumbago) can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips.

Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated.

Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that is incapacitating.

Most back pain is mechanical and associated with the general degeneration of the spine related to normal wear and tear that occurs in the joints, discs, and bones as people age.

It is very common to get a backache or back pain during pregnancy, especially in the early stages as the ligaments become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis can cause back pain.

The weight of the growing baby and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.

Back pain during menstruation is typically muscular and can be caused by hormone changes. Heavy periods can lead to low back pain, and the pain radiates from the lower abdomen to the back. Women with endometriosis may also experience low back pain during the menstrual cycle.

Treatment for lower back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic.

*For information purposes only. If you have any health concerns, seek immediate attention from your doctor.