Well over three-quarters of Americans have experienced lower left back pain or cute back pain at least one time in their lives. Lumbago, or lower back pain, is one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits in America and could be caused by musculoskeletal conditions.
Pain in the left lower side of the back is reported with more frequency than that of the right side. It is often recounted to be either a sharp, hot or cold sensation, which begins below the ribcage and makes its way down the leg and to the foot and can cause residual pain such as severe back pain, leg pain, knee pain, muscle pain, numbness, spinal nerve issues and even upper back pain.
Areas of the body such as the spine, shoulders, and neck, might experience residual pain which originates from the lower left back. Pain in the lower back is often experienced as a dull ache or shooting pain (acute back pain).
Depending on the cause of the pain, it can be quite excruciating. Often, the area in question is tender when touched and physically moving the painful area can aggravate the symptoms and lead to chronic back pain.
Prolonged physical effects can include problems standing straight and intermittent muscle spasms. Over time, the muscles may become hard and knotted, which can be rectified by physical therapy, and body-corrective practices. Yoga, the Alexander Technique, simple exercises and water aerobics are very effective, low-intensity exercises which maintain and improve the flexibility of muscles.
Most often, a pain that originates in the left side of the lower back is not considered a serious medical issue. If treated correctly, the problem can be naturally rectified. However, most patients with crippling or chronic pain that suddenly appears from nowhere, or is in any way debilitating should be attended to by a medical expert for an accurate diagnosis.
If the ache or pain becomes constant or increasingly persistent, medical treatment could be necessary to prevent further injury.
Another reason to seek medical assistance for back pain has to do with physiological and psychosocial factors. Mental stressors and anxiety can manifest itself in physical form as chronic pain, which can lead to depressive tendencies, insomnia, and loss of sexual drive. These issues are treatable with therapies and pharmaceuticals such as anti-inflammatory medication which may be prescribed by your doctor.
Back pain in the lower left side of the back can, in rare cases, be an indicator of a larger medical problem. Any patient, should see a doctor immediately if they experience lower left side chronic back pain and also have experienced, or are experiencing, any of the following issues:
One of the most common causes of back pain is from straining a muscle. This can happen when lifting a heavy object or repetitively using the same muscle group. Increasing the strength of one's back muscles and core muscle groups will mitigate the likelihood of over-stressing one's muscles and ligaments.
For strains and sprains inflicted on muscles, resulting in back pain or aching, OTC treatment options are available. Topical pain relief gels, such as Velatrin, are beneficial in easing the amount of discomfort one is in. Arnica—a homeopathic treatment—is also reported to be effective in expediting the healing of muscles. Homeopathy is useful as an all-natural non-toxic solution.
Cushioning between bones of the spinal column will become less resilient over time, leading to herniated disks and causing pain along the lower left side of the back. Often, the sacrum, hip, foot and lower leg, are affected by sciatica. This is when a disk of the lower back becomes wrapped around the sciatic nerve, causing pressure and sensitivity which results in a sharp pain.
One digestive issue which can cause pain in the lower back is Diverticulitis commonly felt in the abdomen and the left side of the lower back. Symptoms are commonly said to be diarrhea, fever, constipation and nausea. As one ages, small pouches can form along the left side of the colon wall, in which, bacteria can grow and cause infection.
A kidney stone or urinary tract infection will cause severe pain, sometimes localized in the lower left side of the back. Kidney stones will cause a pain in the abdomen and into the groin, while urinary infections will produce pain in the bladder and move to the kidneys. Often, one will experience swelling and inflammation in the kidneys.
Experiencing pain in the left side of the lower back is common for women who are pregnant. Pregnant women can also experience a pain that travels to the left leg and hips. When the uterus is growing, it steadily increases the amount of pressure applied to the mother's nerves and bodily organs. This, in turn, causes aches and pains to the body of the mother.
Poor posture is one of the most common causes of long-term, lower back pain. Office work and physical activity can be detrimental when using a consistently bad posture. Many options are available to improve one's posture, such as yoga, physical therapy, and personal trainers.
Those whose posture is not in line to efficiently hold the weight of their bodies against gravity, will often experience pain in the muscles of the lumbar and hips.
Those who suffer from obesity and are overweight will often experience lower back pain. Excess weight on the body induces excessive pressure on the weight bearing joints. This often results in bad posture and long-term aches and pains.
Arthritis can take form as Ankylosing Spondylitis, which localizes in the spine. This can affect the hips, sacrum, pelvis, buttocks, and lumbar.
If you suddenly start experiencing pain in your lower left back, refrain from physical exertion until seeking advice from your doctor or physical therapist. Often, a prolonged gap from physical activity will result in additional sensitivity and decreased resilience to similar issues in the future.
Maintain your engagement physical activity which takes into account your limitations, as not to cause additional damage. Also, applying cold to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes, a few times a day, will reduce the swelling and inflammation. In addition, a good preventative measure to take is sleeping with a support between your legs. This can be a pillow or foam support.
Often, lower back pain can be treated successfully in as little as a few weeks time, or less. Natural remedies are the first line of defense against back problems, since, persistent issues typically arise from a lack of care to one's own physical fitness. Strengthening the body's ability to withstand stains and stressors will increase the longevity of one's vitality.
The practice of yoga has been shown to have extremely beneficial effects, over the short and long term, in strengthening the body and increasing flexibility. Yoga is deceptively simple in practice and does not require practitioners to exert themselves past their own physical comfort.
Instead, yoga enables the body to be more efficient in one's daily routine. It also promotes mindfulness of the body, resulting in a long-term habit of physical awareness and correctness.
Effective and popular herbal remedies have been known to include white willow bark, Devil's Claw, Boswellia, ginger, cayenne, pine bark extract, grape seed extract, alfalfa, yucca root and devil's claw root. A back pain study showed that Devil’s Claw was measured as more effective when compared with White Willow Bark, which was an early form of aspirin.
Homeopaths are often sold in an orally dissolvable tablet form and are meant to dissolve under the tongue. Often, the dosage calls for treatment every hour for up to six to twelve hours. Homeopathic remedies are useful for chronic acute pain in the left lower back.
Recommended homeopathy ingredients include Aesculus, Berberis, Calcareafluorica, Natrum muriaticum, Nux vomica, Rhus Toxicodendron, Ruta graveolens, Magnesia phosphorica, sepia, arnica, Ignatia, Calcareacarbonica, Bryonia, and Cimicifuga racemosa.
Massage therapy is a wonderful way to relieve many forms of agitation in the lower back. However, can be prohibitively expensive. Ask your insurance company if you are covered for physical therapies such as medical massage treatments and acupuncture.
Pain in the lower left side of the back can be rectified as soon as you start treating it. Practice good posture, be kind to your body and seek holistic solutions for minor discomfort. If you experience acute pain on the left side of the lower back, ask your doctor about all of the available options for treatment.