When experiencing lower back pain, patients often wonder where it is coming from. Low back symptoms can come from a variety of sources in the musculoskeletal system including: nerves, joints, discs, muscles and ligaments.
- Nerves in the low back region can refer pain to the lower back, buttock and even into the leg and hip region if irritated. When nerve pain radiates from the lower back past the knee it is commonly referred to as sciatica.
- Joints in the back can also generate symptoms into the low back. Joints include the lumbar facet joints, SI joints and the hip joint. Most commonly, when a joint is the pain generator in the lower back, it is the lumbar facet joints.
- Intervertebral discs in the low back can also refer symptoms to the low back. When a spinal disc is involved it can also put pressure on a nerve which can generate multiple regions and types of discomfort at the same time.
- Muscles and ligaments can also produce low back symptoms. Very often muscles can also go into compensatory spasm when one of the other pain generating sources is involved.
Low back pain can come from a variety of musculoskeletal sources. We always recommend making an appointment for any new onset spinal or extremity pain as well as for re-aggravations of previous symptoms to properly diagnose the underlying cause and to determine the most appropriate treatment.
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Yours in health,