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Alleviating Discomfort: Stretches for Lower Back Pain

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

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Alleviating Discomfort: Stretches for Lower Back Pain

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Do you have lower back pain?

Lower back pain is a common issue for many people, and it can significantly impact your daily life, affecting everything from your ability to perform simple tasks to your overall mobility and quality of life. Your lower back, or lumbar region, bears the brunt of your body's weight and is involved in virtually every movement you make. As a result, this area is highly susceptible to pain and injury. Your lower back pain can stem from various causes. Some of the more common causes are poor posture, muscle strain, herniated discs, and degenerative conditions like arthritis. You can effectively manage some cases of lower back pain at home with proper care and exercises. However, others may require the expertise of an orthopaedic surgeon. If you are experiencing back pain in areas other than your lower back, read more about unlocking back pain relief.

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Lower Back Pain: When to Seek Professional Help

Lower Back Pain Symptoms You Can Treat at Home:

In many situations, you can address your lower back pain right at home to see if you can find relief. However, we want to emphasize that if your condition worsens or becomes severe, you should seek care from an orthopaedic specialist immediately.

Lower back pain symptoms you can try to treat at home:

  • Mild to moderate lower back pain that improves with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Stiffness or soreness in the lower back
  • Lower back pain that radiates slightly into the buttocks or thighs but not below the knee
  • Occasional muscle spasms
  • Difficulty standing up straight or moving without discomfort

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Lower Back Pain Symptoms That Require Professional Attention:

While there are many steps you can take to treat lower back pain at home, you should watch out for some key factors that warrant seeing an orthopaedic back specialist.

Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Severe relentless lower back pain that does not improve when you rest or with OTC medication
  • Pain that radiates down one or both legs, primarily if it extends below the knee
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Lower back pain following an injury, such as a fall or accident
  • Persistent lower back pain that interferes with daily activities or sleep

If you experience any of the more severe symptoms, it is crucial to consult an orthopaedic surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation and tailored treatment plan.

Effective Lower Back Stretches

In many cases, you can alleviate your lower back pain through targeted stretching exercises. These exercises help improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and reduce tension in the lumbar region. Here are some of the most effective stretches for lower back pain:

Oftentimes, you can effectively manage and reduce your lower back pain by incorporating these stretches into your daily routine. However, always listen to your body and avoid pushing into pain. If your symptoms persist or you feel them worsen, make sure to seek professional medical advice to ensure appropriate care.

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