The true cause of your lower back pain will be your back pain diagnosis.
Lower back pain is not a diagnosis... it is a symptom.
When you have low back pain the goal should be to first determine what is its cause--the diagnosis. Attempting to merely treat lower back pain is a prescription for failure.
Once it is determined what the back pain diagnosis is then the appropriate treatment can be rendered to this causative condition, as well as rendering treatment to alleviate the lower back pain itself. Your ultimate goal should be to uncover your diagnosis and treat this cause.
Pain should be dealt with and treated for the sake of comfort while the main treatment should be focused on the underlying cause.
Remember this one important thing...
pain is a warning sign that something is wrong.
It is your body telling or signaling you that you need to stop what you are doing and fix the problem or allow the injured area time to heal.
In order to understand how to treat lower back pain, you first need to figure out where your back pain fits into the different types and possible lower back diagnosis.
In more simple terms, "how and why did it start" or "what is the diagnosis that is causing your pain?"
This is very important to understand, as this will give you and your doctor direction regarding what tests, if any, will be needed.
You must arrive at the correct back pain diagnosis before the appropriate healing or corrective measures can be applied. There are three important steps you need to take to decide on a diagnosis.
1. History. You need to be aware and understand the history of your pain. Understanding the history will help to determine the cause of the pain, the severity of the problem, the need for further evaluation and professional help and an awareness of what needs to be done to prevent recurrences.
2. Examination. The area of pain and possible associated areas need to be examined. Is the pain specific and localized or from some underlying disease? A proper self exam or professional exam will shed light on what tissues are involved. An examination will help to solidify your suspicions as to the cause and nature of the pain.
3. Tests. If the above two steps are inconclusive then further testing needs to be performed to either confirm or rule out other possible conditions that may be the cause of your pain. If the history and examination can, with a reasonable degree of certainty, lead to a proper back pain diagnosis then this last step is not recommended.
Skipping these steps and immediately jumping into treatment, before being aware of the many causes of lower back pain and arriving at an accurate back pain diagnosis is foolish.
This action, or lack of, often leads to:
Make sure you get the care you need that corrects or adequately treats the cause of your lower back pain and not just the symptoms associated with it.