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By Dr P. Kiranmayi
Consultant General Physician
Published on 01/05/2022
  • Lower back pain is a very familiar health disorder. Many people frequently experience this problem in their lifetime. Back pain disrupts our everyday life causing a lot of discomforts, but no need to worry because there are various efficient ways to get rid of backaches.
  • Lower back pain

  • Lower back pain is also called Lumbago; it derived its name from the lumbar region of the spine. Low back pain indicates pain in the lower back (lumbar spine) part of the body. Backache is the outcome of many different injuries, health conditions, or diseases. If it doesn’t get better on its own and lasts for many days, then consult your doctor.
  • Lower Back Pain Symptoms -

    The symptoms include -
    • Constant dull, aching pain sensation in the lower back region.
    • Stabbing or shooting pain that extends down the leg to the foot.
    • Inability to stand up straight without pain.
    • Difficulty in walking and stiffness in the low back area, restricting body movements.
    • Muscle spasms either with any physical activity or at rest.
    • Pain that persists for at least 10-14 days.

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    Lower Back Pain Causes

    • Muscle stiffness and ligament sprain (common cause)
    • Injury
    • Fractures
    • Poor posture
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Structured problems
      • Bulging disks
      • Ruptured disks
      • Arthritis
      • Sciatica
      • Abnormal curvature of the spine
      • Osteoporosis
      • Kidney problems
    • Some other medical conditions can lead to back pain
      • Spine cancer
      • Infection of the spine
      • Cauda equina syndrome
      • Other infections -Bladder, or kidney infections, or pelvic inflammatory disease
      • Lack of sleep
      • Shingles

    Lower back pain risk factors

    The risk factors that can induce or increase backache are as follows -
    • Age factor
    • No physical activity
    • Obesity
    • Certain diseases
    • Improper lifting heavyweights
    • Psychological conditions (anxiety and depression)
    • Smoking
    • Weakness
    • Improper sleep

    Lower back pain with fever

  • Back pain usually disappears on its own with rest and some medications. But if back pain and fever exist together then medical attention is required. Lower back pain and fever can point to a serious health problem that needs medical help.
    Fever indicates an infection, which requires quick treatment. Your healthcare provider will advise some diagnostic tests to find out the reason. Treatment will be decided according to the cause of the health problem. If there’s an infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics and advised to rest. In absence of any infection, taking a rest can be helpful. Once the backache and fever symptoms come to an end, gradually you can start resuming your daily activities.
    • Pyelonephritis (kidney infection)
    • Osteomyelitis (Bone infection)
    • Muscle injury or damage
    • Other medical conditions

    Lower back pain diagnosis

    Diagnostic tests will be recommended, such as -
    • Medical history
    • Physical examination
    • Spine X-ray
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI
    • Computerized tomography CT scan
    • Positron emission tomography (PET)
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Bone scan
    • Blood tests
    • Urine tests

    Lower back pain treatment

    Lower back pain resolves on its own with rest, ice packs, and pain killers. Other treatment methods are
    • Physiotherapy
    • Medications - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or prescription drugs to ease the pain.
    • Injections: Your doctor can use injections to inject medicine into the specific area where severe pain exists. Steroid injections are used to reduce pain as well as inflammation.
    • Surgery - There are many kinds of surgery to treat backache, such as minimally invasive techniques.
    • Chiropractic care
    • Acupuncture
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
    • Massage
    • Yoga
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    Citations

  • https://www.healthpages.org/health-a-z/the-dangers-behind-lower-back-pain-and-fever/
  • http://www.antimicrobe.org/e22.asp
  • https://www.hss.edu/conditions_in-depth-overview-low-back-pain.asp
  • https://patient.info/bones-joints-muscles/back-and-spine-pain/lower-back-pain
  • https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1115/p2299.html