What is the most common cause of lower back pain?
Most commonly, mechanical issues and soft-tissue injuries are the cause of low back pain. These injuries can include damage to the intervertebral discs, compression of nerve roots, and improper movement of the spinal joints. The single most common cause of lower back pain is a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament.
What autoimmune disease causes back pain?
Ankylosing spondylitis belongs to a group of arthritis conditions that tend to cause chronic inflammation of the spine (spondyloarthropathies). Ankylosing spondylitis affects males two to three times more commonly than females. Ankylosing spondylitis is a cause of back pain in adolescents and young adults.
How do I know if my back pain is serious?
Contact a doctor if your back pain: Is severe and doesn’t improve with rest. Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below the knee. Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs.
When should I be worried about lower back pain?
The Big Three signs that you should investigate for an ominous cause of persistent low back pain (but it’s not an emergency) You shouldn’t worry about low back pain until three conditions have been met: it’s been bothering you for more than about 6 weeks19. it’s severe and/or not improving, or actually getting worse.