5 signs of chronic low back pain

Centro de la columna Vertebral: September 17, 2019

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5 signs of chronic low back pain

Thesigns of chronic low back pain are easy to recognize because they manifest as lower back pain that causes discomfort and functional limitation. Learn more about this topic and remember to see a doctor if you have persistent back pain.

1. Localized pain

The main symptom is pain in the lower back with varying severity, which can radiate to the leg, groin or buttocks. It begins as a minimal but constant pain and over time can become a sharp and continuous sensation.

2. Frequent pain

This pain appears suddenly but its intensity and duration depends on whether it is acute, sub-acute or chronic lumbago, or low back pain. In the first type of cases, the pain lasts for less than six weeks, in the second between six and twelve weeks and in the third it exceeds three months.

3. Trouble sleeping

Over 85% of the people who live in western countries suffer from back problems, but if the pain becomes so acute that it prevents you from sleeping, it is time to go to a specialist. It is also possible that there are muscle spasms that wake the patient up at night.

4. Directional pain

Chronic low back pain affects both men and women, although it is more common among adults over 50. At this age, there is usually pain that intensifies when you sit down or stop in certain positions.

5. Mobility limitations

The pain may be such that it makes it difficult for the patient to stand or walk. It may be accompanied by weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot.

Consequences of chronic low back pain

In very severe cases it produces an inability to walk, there may be loss of leg strength or pain that does not subside with rest. If this is the case, it is considered a warning sign and a doctor should be consulted..

. In Mexico, chronic low back pain is treated as a public health problem, as it is the most frequent ailment in workers and is the second cause of consultation at hospital departments of Traumatology and Orthopedics of the Mexican Social Security Institute IMSS.

Stretching and moving regularly usually alleviate these symptoms; however, the most recommendable thing is to go to health professionals who can guide you in the best treatment for your particular case.

Schedule an appointment at the CCV

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have a comprehensive, safe and effective treatment for back (or spine) conditions. Visit your nearest Center and request a medical assessment from our health professions.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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