The lower back is an intricate structure of connected and overlapping tendons, muscles, joints, disks, and soft tissues. It is also made up of highly sensitive nerves and nerve roots that start in the lower back, and connect into the feet. All these parts make it easy for something to go wrong. An irritation with any of these structures can cause lower back pain, or referred pain to other parts of the body.
Identifying the symptoms, along with an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of the pain is the first step towards obtaining effective pain relief. Symptoms may include difficulty walking or standing, muscle spasms, localized soreness, and much more.
A diagnosis will typically classify the patient’s condition as either acute or chronic. This is important as patients can often experience one type of pain, and based on the progression of their condition, may experience the other.