If you fall into the age bracket of 30-60 you have a higher risk of experiencing back pain from a lumbar disc herniation, lumbar degenerative disc disease, or a muscle strain. Today we will talk about common symptoms and their causes for young adults, as well as adults older than 60.

Symptoms for lower back pain can be defined as aches in the lower back that occur after sudden movements, lifting objects, and general activity. Typically these symptoms include:

  • Pain severe enough to make moving difficult, even keep you from walking or standing
  • Pain that can travel to the upper thigh, buttock, and groin
  • Pain that feels achy and dull
  • Local soreness experienced upon touch
  • Muscle spasms that can range from mild to severe

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms a possible cause is a back muscle strain. A back muscle strain is one of the most common causes of lower back pain. If you were lifting a heavy object or made any sudden movement, this may have caused a microscopic muscle or ligament tear. Depending on the severity of the strain caused by your injury, you may experience mild to disabling pain.

Another cause can be from degenerative disc disease. Lumbar discs begin to break down which causes inflammation and instability in the lower back. Adults as young as the age of 20 can be affected from degenerative disc disease.

Typical symptoms for degenerative disc disease include deep aches in the lower back that continue to worsen when walking or standing. Other symptoms include:

  • Sciatica pain (pain that travels down into the buttock and thighs)
  • Pain that dissipates while sitting, particularly in a reclined position
  • Feeling fatigued in the lower extremities causing numbness or tingling sensations
  • Tightness in your hamstrings, making it difficult to bend forward

If you think you may be suffering from degenerative disc disease Wasatch Pain Solutions can treat the root cause of your condition with an interventional spine injection. This would relieve your pain, and give you the opportunity for physical therapy to heal and become stronger. Contact us today so we can get you back to living pain free!