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.

Muscle strain:

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.

Spinal structures:

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.

Internal organs:

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:

  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • 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.

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