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Acute Low back pain
Acute low back pain of musculoskeletal origin often occurs suddenly and can be as a result of macro-trauma (a one-off injury). Examples of macro-trauma include: lifting something incorrectly, or a fall.
The joints of the spine, known as facet joints, become inflamed and painful. The body will attempt to stop movement of the irritated area, and so muscle spasm and restriction of movement will result. In severe cases, leg pain or numbness and tingling can occur.
Low back pain can occur for other reasons than damage to the joints and muscles. This is why, on your first visit, a thorough case history is taken, and a physical examination performed.
Once the root cause of the symptoms has been discovered, the most appropriate treatment and advice can be given, and the problem quickly resolved.
Acute symptoms are often short lived, however, when they do persist, it is important to be properly examined, so that treatment and advice can be given to help prevent the issue becoming long term (chronic).
Chronic problems often keep reoccuring, and can end up being very disruptive to lifestyle, work, hobbies, etc.
Studies suggest that people with low back pain who receive treatment, and follow the advice given, are much less likely to have a recurrence.