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5 Common Causes of Left Side Back Pain

If you have lower left side back pain, then you are amongst the millions of people who experience this every day. It is a widespread problem, but the good news is, everyone can find relief from their pain. The only question is, “how?” What is the best way to eliminate lower back pain? A lot of people ask themselves this question, and we explore in this article we will try to find the answers.

Several factors can cause lower back pain, but the main ones that cause problems are muscle imbalances, joint and spine weakness and lack of movement (no activity). On one side the muscles can be tight and stiff, and on the other side, they can be weak and soft. This typically will cause muscle imbalances. There are more causes of lower back chronic pain, and for those who have it, it may be quite difficult to find treatment for the relief if you do not know where to look. For those experiencing lower left side back pain, or any other areas of the lower back, these may be the issues below:

Herniated Disc

When a herniated disc ruptures or slips from its position, this can cause a nagging pain. This will endure the entire time while the body tries to heals itself. Typically the treatment options available for this can range from simple at home remedies to actual surgeries at the hospital. If the pain is not too severe, physical therapy, ice/heat therapy for relief, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken. However, if much more serious, treatments that would be advised would be to seek for narcotics for pain from your doctor, or epidural injections to reduce inflammation for pain relief. The only time surgery is required is if the herniated disc is in a critical state and only surgery to the area will fix it. If you believe this is what you may need, please contact your pain management doctor immediately.

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A herniated disc rupture can cause ongoing pain, seek treatment as soon as possible.

Common Injuries

Common injuries to the area will, like any other body part, be a source of pain. These common injuries can stem from many factors, including sleep, work-related injuries, sports injuries, accidental injuries…etc. Some of the most common sports injuries may stem from swimming, football, and tennis. You may even experience golf-related back pain! Children may sometimes get injured too, and their left side lower back is not an exception. Most of the time these injuries are not as severe, and time usually will heal all wounds. Only when they are critical that inflicts constant pain will seeking for medical help an option.

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Sport injuries and daily activities can cause back pain on your lower left side.

Kidney Issues

Kidneys play a large part in lower left side back pain. Stones may form from excess calcium that refuse to be flushed out in the urine can cause severe pain. This is especially true if the stone is deposited in the left kidney. The solutions to treatments for this situation would be to drink plenty of fluids (especially water) and taking pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Advil. Much like the other causes of pain to the left side lower back, only when it is severe should you seek medical attention. For kidney stones, a procedure such as lithotripsy may be administered.

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Lower left side back pain can be associated with kidney issues.

 

Pregnancy

Pregnancy 100% of the time means that the woman is going to be putting on weight. The weight itself can cause pressure on the left side of the lower back. This causes bloating, Diarrhea, pain or constipation and all stomach ailments which can also contribute to the pain. Although this cannot be avoided, you can minimize the pain by keeping your weight under control with proper diet and exercise. In this case, avoid taking pain relievers unless extremely necessary. Instead, use a heating pad on your back to relieve pain, and pregnancy girdle to support your abdomen.

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Gaining weight from pregnancy can be stressful on the left side of the lower back.

Back Spasms / Cramping

A sudden contraction or spasms in the back can cause a very severe pain. This condition is known as muscle cramping. However, this type of pain may disappear without you noticing it. With muscle spasms, this could either tell you that whatever it is you are doing should NOT be done again, or there is a more serious underlying issue in your spine. For immediate relief, seek muscle relaxant medication, heat/cold therapy, and slowly stretch the affected area by walking or rubbing it as much as possible. If the spasm occurs again and more frequently, seeking medical attention for the spasm would be in your best interest.

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Avoid activities that could lead to back cramping or spasm.

When you experience any of these pains, it is good to visit a Pain Management Doctor to help you diagnose the source of your lower left side back pain. At first you may use over-the-counter pain relievers — pain-relieving creams can be of help as well. However, as time goes by and this pain increases, your doctor may recommend certain medication or medical procedures if your pain is severe.

If medications aren’t helping, your Pain Management Doctor may recommend injections. These injections target irritated nerves by using a nerve root block method. Steroid medication are usually found in these injections. However, if you experience long back pain and is interfering with your daily life, then surgery may need to be an option for you.

If you believe you are in need of surgery, please reach out to us today. It is best to not wait a minute longer if you believe your lower back is in danger!

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