How do you tell if lower back pain is muscle or disc?

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

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From the Desk of: Robin Wakeham, Physical Therapist

Dear Friend,

It can be difficult to tell whether lower back pain is caused by muscle or disc problems, as the symptoms of both can be similar. However, there are a few clues that can help you determine the underlying cause:

1. Muscle pain: Muscle pain in the lower back is often described as a dull, aching pain that may be centralized to one area or spread out over a wider area. The pain may be exacerbated by movement or activity and may improve with rest. It may also be accompanied by muscle spasms, stiffness, or tenderness.

2. Disc pain: Pain from a disc problem in the lower back is often described as sharp, shooting, or burning pain that radiates down one or both legs. This is known as sciatica and is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs. Pain from a disc problem may be exacerbated by certain positions or movements, such as bending or twisting, and may improve with rest.

If you are experiencing persistent or severe lower back pain, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. They may use imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans to help diagnose the problem and may recommend treatments like physical therapy, medications, or surgery to help manage your symptoms.


Robin Wakeham

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