It can affect any age group but is more prevalent in adults and maybe a result of a number of conditions and illness.
However usually the result of musculoskeletal or ‘mechanical’ strain (this is commonly caused by strain to the joints, muscles or nerves).
May also be caused by underlying issues not necessarily related to the back itself such as gastrointestinal, gynaecological or renal (kidney) problems.
It is for this reason that you should get a professional assessment for back pain particularly if it is worsening or persistent. Lower back pain is itself a symptom rather than a condition. However typically pain is either aching or sharp.
Patients suffering lower back pain will normally feel stiffness and restriction in movement.
Often it can be worse when sitting for long periods or after driving. Pain may radiate into the buttocks or down the leg towards the ankle.
The treatment required is dependent on the cause of the lower back pain. Usually mechanical lower back pain can be greatly improved with the use of Spinal Manipulative Therapy. Applying an ice pack to the region regularly will help to reduce inflammation.