Finding the cause of your lower left back pain involves the elimination of all possible cause. This blog will help you better understand the cause.
This is the most common cause and generally happens when you engage in an activity that puts pressure on your back. If that causes a muscle strain, it leads to lower left back pain. Hence, if you feel pain after a certain activity, then it can be a reason for the pain.
To identify muscle strain, doctors generally perform any of the following:
- Leg raise test
- Reflex test
- Neurologic exam
The good thing is that these muscle strain typically clear up easily and in a few days.
Once you eliminate muscle strain, then comes the spinal structure. Problems in spinal structures that lead to lower left back pain are caused by the following:
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Facet joint pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Doctors generally order an X-rays, CT scans or MRI to identify any of the above causes.
If it is neither muscle strain or spinal structure, then the pain is caused by an internal organ. Lower left back pain can be provoked by a lot of issues in the internal organs, including:
- Kidney stones
- Ulcerartive colitis
- Kidney infection
- Gynecological disorders
These issues can be identified by your recent medical history. In addition, doctors orders a blood test, CT scans, and X-ray of the suspected organ to be sure of the source of the pain.