WHAT IS LOWER BACK PAIN?
Lower back pain, also known as lumbago, affects a large proportion of the population at some time in their lives. Lower back pain presents as a pain or ache, in between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your legs.
HOW DOES LOWER BACK PAIN OCCUR?
Lower back pain can come on suddenly or gradually. It is often due to faulty recruitment patterns in the muscle system. Over exertion or twisting of the lower back can exacerbate the condition. Due to the complex structure of your lower back even small amounts of damage to any part of the lumbar region can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LOWER BACK PAIN:
Pain can be a symptom of stress or damage to ligaments, tendons or discs of the lower back but more often than not it is due to faulty movement patterns which cause the muscles to go tight and become painful. If a nerve in your back is pinched or irritated, the pain can spread to the buttocks and/or lower limb. A common condition of this is sciatica.