Acute Lower Back pain is one of the most painful conditions that we treat here are some of the top five symptoms we’re on the lookout for in making a diagnosis of this condition:

Pain originating in the lower back

Pain originating in the lower back and perhaps radiating to one side of the back is the first indication that you are suffering with acute lower back pain.  Usually patient are able to put their finger right on the point of the pain.

Pain on Bending Forward

Acute lower back pain is often made worse by bending forward.  The pain could have perhaps started due to poor lifting technique and a replication of this motion will often produce pain.

Pain on Coughing or Sneezing

Pain on coughing or sneezing is a common symptom of lower back pain.  Coughing or sneezing result in an increase in intra-abdominal pressure as you contract your abdominal muscles.  An acutely painful lower back can be irritated by this sudden increase in abdominal pressure.

Pain on Standing after Sitting for a Period

Patients often feel that they need to rest their lower back if it’s injured.  However it’s often found that acute lower back pain responds better to activity and remaining active.  As a result patients often feel more pain if they sit for too long.  Typically this is worse when you stand after sitting for a period.

Pins & Needles in the Legs or Feet

Pins and Needles into the legs or feet is a symptom that we’re always on the lookout for.  Symptoms such as these or indeed numbness or muscular weakness may indicate nerve involvement in the lower back problem.  This may indicate a more serious condition and can take longer to resolve.

You may also be interested in our earlier blog entry on why we should avoid bed rest with an acute lower back pain injury.  Have a read here http://www.physiodublin.ie/2013/05/21/bed-rest-for-low-back-pain-and-sciatica/