What’s causing your lower left back pain?
Figuring out what exactly is causing your lower left back pain usually involves a process of elimination. To help you better communicate with your doctor, here are a few common causes to take into consideration when scheduling your appointment and finding8 a solution.
The most common cause: muscle strain
Maybe you slipped on ice, slept in an odd position, or tried out a new yoga position that you weren’t quite limber enough for. Whatever happened, you find yourself with a sharp pain in your lower left side of your back. This pain, known as a muscle strain, is probably from an overstretched or torn muscle.
A muscle strain is the most common cause of lower left back pain. Your chiropractor will most likely want to begin his diagnosis process by testing for this type of injury.
The good news is that muscle strains typically heal up after a few days (and nearly all cases resolve themselves within 3 to 4 weeks).
Problems related to spinal structures
If muscle strain is determined not to be the source, your chiropractor may check to see if your pain is related to your spinal column. Common spinal column issues related to lower left back pain include:
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Facet joint pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Pain from internal organs
Your doctor may look inward to see if your internal organs are the source of your aching.
The following internal organ conditions can lead to lower left back pain:
- Kidney stones
- Kidney infection
- Gynecological disorders
- Ulcerative colitis
Figuring out what’s causing your lower left back pain can be a painful challenge. Finding out what may or may not be causing it can help set you on a quicker path to healing.