There are many causes for lower right back pain, including both overuse and under use of back muscles, bad posture and sleeping positions. Lower right back pain can occur simply because many of us, about 70 to 90 percent worldwide, are right-handed. Since right-handers tend to do more chores and strenuous activity with emphasis on our right side, we’re prone to injuring and stressing the lower right area of our backs, resulting in pain.
Nearly everyone has low back pain at some point. Both men and women are equally affected, most often beginning between age 30 and 50, from the aging process and/or also as a result of a sedentary life style or exercise without proper preparation. Even children can have back pain from things like an overfilled backpack or book bag and poor posture.
First, consider your kidneys
When you have back pain on the lower right, it’s important to rule out a kidney problem. Sharp pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, along with nausea and/or fever may indicate a kidney stone or infection. Your kidneys are located on either side of your spinal column in the lower back. An infection may be felt on either side around the hip and groin area. If your have lower right (or left) back pain like that described here--see your doctor immediately to rule out a kidney problem.
Initial home treatment of back strain
- Reduce the level of activity that caused back pain. Try to continue non-strenuous activity, without favoring your right side.
- Apply ice for the first day or two, to diminish swelling.
- When swelling goes down, apply heat to increase blood flow.
- Take an anti-inflammatory medication.
- Start light stretching and exercise after a few days.
- If you’re still having trouble returning to normal function, see your back specialist.
Treatment for chronic lower right back pain
If you have pain that recurs or is constant, you need a more comprehensive back pain solution. Consider these treatments to alleviate or end your pain:
- Chiropractic care – Spinal manipulation involves slow pressing or twisting techniques or quick, forceful pressure on the head, shoulders, back or hips, which may alleviate pain in some people. For tight muscles or spasms, your practitioner may begin with heat therapy, ultrasound or electrical current to relax muscles.
- Acupuncture – An effective treatment to relieve back pain in some people, where fine, thin needles are inserted into special points on the body to bring relief.
- Massage – Relaxes muscles and can relieve pain.
- Physical therapy and exercise – A physical therapist or back specialist can teach you and lead you through exercises to correct posture and strengthen your back gradually.
- Surgery – Back surgery is invasive and carries significant risk. Make certain you have tried other methods before resorting to surgery, get a second opinion to verify that it is necessary. Make sure you thoroughly understand the risks and success rate of any surgical procedure.
- Functional Disc Rehydration™ -- This safe, non-invasive back pain therapy was developed by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer of the Illinois Back Institute to treat low back pain in either right side, left side or both. Dr. Jeff has designed a treatment to return your spinal discs to proper functioning and health by restoring hydration lost due to aging or spinal damage. The rehydration procedure effectively reverses spinal degeneration, restores freedom of movement and eliminates back pain.
To learn more about treatment for lower right back pain, browse our website for professional advice and treatment information. For back pain relief without invasive treatment, contact The Illinois Back Institute today.