Sharp lower back pain is very common these days, and there are various factors that contribute to its development. This type of pain can appear all of a sudden and last for several days up to a week. On the other hand, if it is left untreated it can easily turn into chronic pain, and this can interfere with your day-to-day activities in the long haul. It must be mentioned that there are three different types of back pain: lower back pain, upper back pain and middle back pain.

Here you will find detailed information with regards to sharp lower back pain and what are the main causes:

What Is Lower Back Pain?

In order to understand the causes of lower back pain and treat it properly, you must firstly understand what this type of pain involves. Basically, this is also known as "Lumbago" and it affects approximately 80% of the population, at a particular moment in their lives.

Generally speaking, lumbago is triggered by muscle strain or strain of the soft tissue. In this case, the pain does not last for more than a couple of weeks. On the other hand, there are other more serious causes of lumbago, which include spine problems, aging, compression fractures or even arthritis. In this case, the patient can experience a sharp pain around the lower back pain, and this requires urgent medical attention.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

There is a series of causes that can lead to back pain in the long run. Injury or serious overuse of muscles, joints and tendons are among the most common causes. These injuries can occur while doing sport or when the muscles are overused in the gym.

Another cause is bad posture. Lumbago is very common among people who have office jobs which require them to sit at the office for a long period of time. As a matter of fact, lumbago is one of the most common causes of absenteeism in the workplace in the United States. All your body parts must be in perfect alignment with one another, otherwise you may experience bad posture. The back and the neck must be held straight all the time. Fortunately, bad posture is the least serious of all causes and it can be easily treated - all you have to do is to slightly adjust your position.

A herniated disc can also trigger lower back pain, sooner or later. The pain is very sharp and the patient can barely move when it strikes. Herniated discs are caused by repeated motion or vibration, such as particular movements during sport activity. Moreover, herniated discs can also occur when people misuse machinery at workplace. This can trigger increased pressure around the lower back area.

In addition to the above-mentioned causes, sharp lower back pain can be triggered by other factors such as osteoarthritis, pressure on nerve roots, spinal deformities or spinal stenosis. These can be considered some of the most common causes. On the other hand, the pain can be caused by other less common causes, such as ankylosing spondylitis, spinal tumors or bacterial infection which may cause infection of the bone.

What Are The Symptoms Of Sharp Lower Back Pain?

In what regards the symptoms associated with lower back pain, it must be mentioned that the most common one is pain. People can feel pain on a constant basis (in the case of chronic pain), or only from time to time. The pain around the lower back area can be either very severe or soft, and it may cover the whole area, or just a particular area of your lower back.

The diagnose of lower back pain is usually put by a general practitioner, based on the above-mentioned symptoms and medical background. Nonetheless, a thorough physical exam is also required. As a matter of fact, the doctor may even order a CT scan in order to determine whether there are any fractures or spine issues that maybe the culprit behind the sharp back pain.

In most cases, lumbago can be treated without the hassles, with the help of over the counter medicine along with constant physical exercises that are especially designed for the lower back. Even so, the complete treatment may vary based on factors such as intensity and length of the pain.

To sum up, these are the main causes of sharp lower back pain. It is a bothersome condition that can become serious in the long term, if left untreated. Fortunately, you can easily manage the pain and relieve symptoms with the help of medication along with various techniques, such as yoga.

Author's Bio: 

Ben has first hand experience in what back pain can do to a person's life. Suffering sometimes severe back pain from the age of 13, so he can talk the talk and walk the walk on how to relieve back pain and live a normal life. Have a look at this free guide here.