Back pain symptoms – including the type, location, and severity of the pain – depend upon the underlying cause of the pain. The symptoms are an important indicator of the potential cause of the patient’s pain.
There is a wide range of possible symptoms associated with low back pain, some more serious than others. Unlike many health conditions, the severity of symptoms does not necessarily equate with the severity of the problem: ie. a simple muscle strain can cause extreme pain, whereas a completely degenerated disc can be completely painless.
Symptoms of muscle strain
The most common low back pain symptoms are usually associated with a muscle strain or sprain and are characterized by:
The intense pain usually lasts one to three days and may be followed by a few days or weeks of moderate pain as the inflammation subsides and the area heals.
Symptoms of nerve root pressure
Pain from nerve root pinching or pressure travels down the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg (sciatica or radiculopathy). It can be caused by a variety of low back conditions. The pain is typically characterized as follows:
Symptoms of disc pain
As the discs in the low back degenerate, they lose some of their flexibility and shock absorbing qualities. In some people, this can cause pain characterized by:
The above is not a complete list of symptoms, but includes those most commonly seen among patients suffering from low back pain.
Rare, but serious, symptoms
While the vast majority of low back problems are not serious, there are a few rare symptoms that indicate the need for immediate medical care:
Any person with the above symptoms is advised to get immediate medical attention.
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The information provided herein should not be used as a substitute for medical advice in any way. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for any and all medical conditions and symptoms.
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