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Does Lower Right Back Pain Mean There is a Serious Problem? Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 10:42 AM

describe the imageIf you have lower right back pain that’s bothering you, it’s likely to be due to lumbar strain, bulging discs or sciatica, which are very common. It’s important to rule out more serious conditions, like those discussed in the first 2 sections below. If your situation is not an emergency, see your back specialist for effective and non-invasive natural treatment.

Rule out cauda equina syndrome

This serious condition occurs when the spinal cord is severely compressed by a ruptured disk, tumor, infection or fracture. Contact your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Lower back pain and
  • Bladder and/or bowel dysfunction
  • Severe or progressive numbness in the lower extremities, buttocks, inner thighs and back of the legs (saddle area) and feet

Rule out kidneys stones or infection

Kidney problems are serious and you should see your physician right away. Kidney symptoms include:

  • Sharp pain on either left or right side of lower back, or both sides
  • Not relieved by messaging the area or exercise
  • Pain may extend around the hip and groin area
  • Painful areas are very sensitive to the touch
  • Nausea or vomiting occurs
  • Fever is present
  • Painful urination
  • Blood in urine

Pregnancy can cause pain on either or both sides

As the uterus expands, the gravity of the pregnant woman’s body shifts. Abdominal muscles stretch during this time, resulting in posture changes and strain to your lower back. Sometimes, the uterus presses on a nerve. These pregnancy changes can cause pain while sitting, standing and walking. If your obstetrician finds that your pregnancy is healthy, see your local back specialist for natural pregnancy back pain relief.

Lumbar strain is common on either side

Your lower right back pain may be due to a muscle, tendon and/or ligament pull, strain or microscopic tear. This may lead to inflammation or muscle spasm, intensifying the pain. You may begin to favor one side which can lead to further injury. These back problems may be brought about by a variety of conditions and activity including improper lifting technique or athletic injury. If pain doesn't go away with exercise and strengthening techniques—or if it's worrying you at all, visit your local back specialist or chiropractor.

Sciatica nerve root pain and bulging discs are common

This condition can also be present on either side of the lower spine. Sciatica differs form other back problems because it's caused by nerve irritation or pressure. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower spine, down to the feet, traveling through the buttocks, thighs and calves. Pressure or irritation anywhere along the nerve can cause pain, radiating all along the nerve’s path. The cause is often one or more bulging spinal discs. Your back specialist can quickly identify the source of the problem.

What’s unique about the right side?

Lower right back pain is quite common. It may be because the majority of people are right-handed and may use the right side of the body more than the left. This can result in more injuries and stress causing lower back pain on the right side. Once an injury occurs, such as a muscle pull or tear, scar tissue can form. This weaker tissue is then prone to re-injury. Osteoarthritis or minute stress fractures of the lower back may also cause this pain.

If you have recurring or unexplained back pain that’s affecting your life, contact the professionals at Illinois Back Institute. The Institute’s founder, Dr. Jeff Winternheimer, D.C., has developed a groundbreaking, proven-effective natural treatment for back pain--that’s helped thousands of patients. For a free consultation with a back specialist, about Functional Disc Rehydration™ or other natural treatments, contact us today.

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