What are the symptoms?
Pain is localised to the lower spine and buttock region in most cases. Leg symptoms such as numbness or pins and needles may also be present. Difficulty with everyday tasks such as sitting, lifting, and bending is also common.
Diagnosing back pain
Localised lower back pain rarely requires radiological investigations such as MRI and x-ray. In fact, identifying the exact structure causing the back pain is often not possible. This is in part due to the fact that imaging can show similar findings in people with and without lower back pain.
How is it managed?
Like many physical conditions, low back pain does not have a one-size fits all management. Intervention should be tailored to each individual’s specific presentation. Possible management strategies include:
- Correction of altered movement patterns.
- Strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Manual therapy
- Pain / stress management
- Increasing overall activity levels
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