Pain is often difficult to tolerate, but left back pain can be more of a problem, because it could be caused by several things. As with other pain, it is important to find the cause of the pain then the symptoms can be dealt with. Of course to get a true diagnosis you need to see your medical doctor for a checkup on the cause of your left back pain, and depending on the suspected diagnosis, it may mean x-rays or physiotherapy to diagnose and then treat the left back pain.
Left back pain can occur for a variety of reasons, and one of the most common culprits is overuse. It could be because of continually lifting heavy objects, or through exercise straining the muscles of the left back. Poor posture or too much weight can also place more stress on the left back.
There are a few other reasons why you can have back pain. Here is a quick list of a few possible causes of left back pain:
- Kidney Stones
- Kidney Infection
- Gynecological Disorders
- Ulcerative Colitis
Often left back pain is the result of normal wear and tear on the body. Now, if you have lower back pain that seems to radiate into and down your leg, then you may be suffering from sciatica, or rather sciatic pain. This is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve which is the longest nerve in the body. It stretches from the middle of the lower back, down the back of both legs, and into the feet. If the sciatic nerve is pinched it causes inflammation and pain which can be felt the along the length of the whole nerve. It usually only affects one leg, so if your left leg and left lower back is painful it could be because of sciatic pain, but of course you need to get it diagnosed by your family doctor.
What can you do to relieve left back pain?
That does depend on the problem of course. If sciatic nerve pain is the problem, then in the first 48 hours regular icing of the lower back will help to reduce the inflammation around the sciatic nerve. However, if it is a case of pulled muscles, heat may help, as well as gentle stretching exercises, although some recommend ice, or alternating heat and ice treatments.
Rest is important too, as this will give the back time to heal itself without having more stress put on it by constant activity.
When muscles are the problem, physiotherapy can be a great help by teaching you the correct exercises to do to relive the pain, and also to strengthen the back.
Before you do any exercise, however, check with your medical doctor first to make sure that this will not cause you further damage or pain and not only with regard to your left back pain but your overall health as well.