Low back pain is pain or stiffness in the lower back. Most of the time, it is caused when a muscle in your back is strained. For example, it can happen when you lift a heavy object or when you sit or stand for a long time. Health problems, such as arthritis, can also cause back pain.
Low back pain may last a day or two, several weeks, or longer. You may have pain in one spot or it may spread down the buttocks and into your legs.
You should see your healthcare provider right away if you have back pain with these symptoms:
These symptoms may mean you have hurt the nerves in your lower back.
When you see your healthcare provider, he or she will:
X-rays or other tests may also be done.
Here are some good ideas for taking care of low back pain:
When you sleep or lie down, keep these hints in mind:
Talk to your healthcare provider about whether it would help to:
Take it easy at first. As you start to feel better, you'll be able to do more and more. But be careful. You may need to cut back on what you do:
See your healthcare provider if your pain is worse even with treatment.
You can lower the strain on your back. Here are some ideas that can help:
Here are tips when you need to lift or move heavy objects:
To rest your back, do these exercises for 5 minutes or longer: