We are all used to dealing with the odd ache and pain that affects our lower back now and again. Minor back pain can be caused from a wide variety of things: overdoing your exercise at the gym, not picking up a heavy object in the correct way, sleeping in an uncomfortable cramped position, even sitting for several hours in the same position.
These relatively minor aches and pains can be treated with a heat wrap, or by taking some aspirin or paracetamol. However sometimes, the problem isn’t so easily solved. This can be the case when you are suffering from severe lower back pain. Severe lower back pain is exhausting and extremely difficult to deal with. When most treatments fail to relieve the sufferer is likely to get very depressed. Not only does the the pain become almost unbearable, but it’s easy to get downhearted because a back problem of this intensity has a great impact on lifestyle.
Even a casual walk, a visit to the cinema, or a spot of DIY becomes an impossible pastime. Severe lower back pain has many different causes. It could be a slipped disc, a pinched nerve, seriously sprained or torn muscle, even muscle spasms, all of which can cause you to swallow a handful of painkillers and retire to bed. Although severe back pain can be devastating there is no need to give up hope of a cure.
Once the source of the pain is identified, a treatment plan can be created for you. Nerve problems or muscle problems are very often the cause of severe lower back pain. Never let a back problem continue untreated for more than a few days. Visit a medical practitioner without delay.
Your doctor will ask you to describe the pain. Nerve pain is often described as sharp, stabbing, or shooting pain. Muscle pain is an ache, throbbing, or tearing pain. Once the source of the pain is discovered your doctor will decide on a treatment plan. A series of tests will be undertaken. An MRI scan is often used to identify if a muscle is torn. An EMG can also be done to decide just how the muscles are damaged. Nerve conduction studies or nerve biopsies may be proposed to determine if there is any nerve damage or to locate the position of a pinched nerve.
Once the extent of the injury causing the severe lower back pain is figured out, the doctor can then work with you on a treatment plan. A treatment plan might consist of physical therapy, medication to relieve pain and swelling, and possible as a last resort, surgery. If, at any time, the treatment plan doesn’t appear to be working you might wish to think about a second opinion. Sometimes a chiropractor or an osteopath will recommend different treatments for severe back pain than a conventional doctor.