There are many issues with lumbar region disorders, such as lower back pain and standing.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
If a back is healthy, it is flexible and strong. Too much stress can tear the ligaments or muscles, leading to back strain. If the ligaments are stretched, but not torn, it is a sprain. This can lead to lower left back pain or lower right back pain, for example. The people most at risk for severe lower back pain are those who engage in “repetitive, forceful movements”. While twisting, lifting and bending are causes of lower back pain, those who do not exercise often have weak ligaments and muscles, and they are prone to injuries. Shoveling or moving a couch could suddenly lead to pain in the lower right back. This could also trigger a situation where someone has lower back pain and can’t stand up straight, or they can’t bend their back. Spasms can lead to the back muscles having a “hard, painful knot”.1 Other severe back pain and lower back pain causes include compression fractures, cauda equina syndrome, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, myelopathy, radiculopathy, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, and spondylosis. Cauda equina syndrome and myelopathy could also cause bladder and bowel control problems. Radiculopathy is a nerve irritation that might be due to a herniation, tumor, or bone spur. Irritation of the sciatic nerve (in the buttocks area) is radiculopathy. Scoliosis is a curved spine, while spinal stenosis is “a narrowing in the space of your vertebrae that carries your spinal cord and the nerves”, squeezing the nerves. Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis are conditions of vertebrae slipping, and spondylosis is “osteoarthritis of the spine”.2
Lower Back Pain and Standing Problems
Sometimes patients with lower back pain cannot stand up straight. Patients may have trouble walking. The pain might radiate or be dull and achy. Muscles spasms could be severe, and the area may be sore to the touch.3 Surgery and long-term medications are not always the answer for patients. Sometimes conservative care is the right approach. Every day it is necessary to have proper posture, such as sitting without rounding. It is important that the head posture isn’t forward and that the lower back isn’t rounded when carrying loads and standing. Having the computer monitor at a proper height and desk chairs and car seats at the correct distance will also help with posture. When doing exercises, it is crucial to do them properly.4 A practitioner, such as a chiropractor, can give advice on exercises and stretches.5
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