Back pain is something nearly everyone experiences. But persistent low back pain⎯the kind that lasts three or more months⎯requires evaluation and treatment by a medical professional. Learn more about what causes chronic low back pain, and how it’s relieved.

Causes & Triggers

  • Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Bone diseases
  • Bone lesions
  • Diabetes
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated disc
  • Injury
  • Muscle irrigation
  • Nerve compression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Strains or sprains
  • Viral infections

Signs & Symptoms

  • Bladder control issues
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain (especially sitting, standing, bending, twisting)
  • Shooting pain down the leg
  • Weakness in legs

Tips & Treatments

  • Contrary to what some may think, most physicians suggest avoiding bed rest in favor of staying as active as possible.
  • Symptoms may be relieved with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or participating in physician-recommended exercise.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include icing affected area, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or complementary medicine, such as acupuncture.
  • Depending on the root cause of the chronic low back pain and the response to other treatments and therapies, surgery may prove helpful.