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Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. Typical sources of low back pain include:

  • The large nerve roots in the low back that go to the legs may be irritated

  • The smaller nerves that supply the low back may be irritated

  • The large paired lower back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained

  • The bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged

  • An intervertebral disc may be degenerating


  • If your pain started with a big fall or accident and you fear a bone may be broken.

  • New trouble urinating (since your back pain started).

  • New leakage or incontinence of bowels (since your back pain started).

  • Numbness around your groin or genitals.

  • Weakness in your legs (NOTE: this refers to a true decrease in power, not just “weakness because of the pain).

  • Persisting fever with back pain

  • History of IV drug use.

  • Unexplained weight loss.

  • Drenching night sweats (bad enough you have to change your clothing).

  • History of cancer (prostate, breast, or lung) and

  • Your pain is constant over many weeks or months, even during the night or with rest.

Exercises for your lower back: click here

FOR MORE INFORMATION:   Check out the Know Your Back website 

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