What Causes Low Back pain and Sciatica?

by Dr. Weisz

What Causes Low Back pain and Sciatica?

According to wikepedia Low back pain (or lumbago) is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives.

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Wikepedia also goes on to describe causes of mechanical, inflammatory, neoplastic, and metabolic to name a few.

Most cases of lower back pain are due to benign musculoskeletal problems and are referred to as non specific low back pain. They are generally believed to be due to a sprain or strain in the muscles of the back and the soft tissues,[2] especially if the pain arose suddenly during physical load to the back, and the pain is lateral to the spine. The rate of serious causes is less than 1%.[3] The full differential diagnosis includes many other less common conditions.

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According to wikipedia sciatica..

Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis)[1] is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.

Some of the causes are:

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Sciatica is generally caused by the compression of lumbar nerves L4 or L5 or sacral nerves S1, S2 or S3, or far less commonly, by compression of the sciatic nerve itself. When sciatica is caused by compression of a dorsal nerve root (radix) it is considered a lumbar radiculopathy (or radiculitis when accompanied with an inflammatory response) from a spinal disc herniation (a herniated intervertebral disc in the spine), or from roughening, enlarging, and/or misaligning of the vertebrae (spondylolisthesis), or degenerated discs. Sciatica due to compression of a nerve root is one of the most common forms of radiculopathy.

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The most common pains we treat in our office are low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica related pains.

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