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What are symptoms of low back pain?

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Low back pain symptoms vary greatly from person to person. They are different depending upon the cause of the pain. Your pain may be dull or sharp. It may come and go. And depending upon its source, pain may get worse with standing, sitting, bending, or walking. Pain can even extend into your buttock or leg. Along with this shooting pain may come feelings of numbness, tingling, or weakness down your leg. Called sciatica, these symptoms may be a common result of a herniated disk in the lower back, where the disk bulges out toward the spinal canal.

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Low Back Pain," "Preventing Back Pain at Work and at Home," "Preventing Back Pain: Tips for New Moms."

APTA: "Back Pain."

University of Missouri-Columbia: "Mechanical Low Back Pain."

NINDS: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2018

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Low Back Pain," "Preventing Back Pain at Work and at Home," "Preventing Back Pain: Tips for New Moms."

APTA: "Back Pain."

University of Missouri-Columbia: "Mechanical Low Back Pain."

NINDS: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2018

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