Stiff low back

Stiff low back

Low back stiffness is an extremely common symptom that our Balmain and Dee Why patients will present with. Low back stiffness is something that most of us will experience at some time in our lives. Soreness and difficultly twisting and bending the low back and hips, usually worse to one side, define low back stiffness. Low back stiffness in itself is a symptom that is caused by something going on in the low back such as degeneration or arthritis, muscle tightness or pain apprehension after trauma.

Symptoms of a stiff low back

We are probably all aware of what a stiff low back feels like. Low back stiffness may last for a few days or be ongoing. Its severity can range from a slight annoyance on end range movements to extremely painful and limiting. There are a few instances where low back stiffness may be serious such as cases of infection or fracture. Most acute forms of low back stiffness will self-resolve. It is worthwhile and reasonable to visit a chiropractor or physiotherapist if you are experiencing low back stiffness especially if it is associated with pain.

Treatments of a stiff low back

Most cases of a stiff low back will get better on their own, however others may persist and in these cases it is worthwhile having a chiropractor or physiotherapist look at your low back. Treatments for low back stiffness really depend on what’s causing it. Inflammation to a disc, muscle or joint may cause low back stiffness and typically pain and treatments will be targeted at removing pain and inflammation. In other cases low back stiffness will be due to the aging process and wear and tear of the low back and in these cases there is more active strategies put in place that will allow for the recovery of the lost movements. Should a non-mechanical origin of low back stiffness be suspected such as an infective cause then prompt referral is given to another health care professional or team.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.