BPS 14: What You Need to Know About Lower Right Back Pain

Lower back pain is generally felt evenly across the back. But in some cases, the pain is felt entirely on the right. Knowing about the causes of the lower right back pain will help in the effective diagnosis of the condition.

In this post, you will learn about some of the probable causes of lower right back pain.

About the Lower Back Pain

Lower right back pain most commonly occurs due to an injury to the soft tissues. The soft tissues refer to tendons, ligaments, or muscles that support the spine.

Another common reason for lower back pain include a problem with the spinal structure such as the intervertebral discs. In addition, diseases or issues that affect the internal organs in the pelvic, abdominal, and mid-back region can also cause lower back pain problem.

The body generally heals on its own after an injury to the soft tissues. Although the initial pain may be significant, the pain tends to subside after a few days. Seeing a doctor is recommended only in case the lower back pain continues for a long time.

Causes of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain may be due to many reasons. It is usually caused due to a serious condition that needs attention from a healthcare professional. Here are some of the conditions that may lead to lower right back pain.

1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm can occur in the abdominal area due to the rupture of the aorta in the abdomen. Symptoms of abdominal aortic aneurysm include low blood pressure, nausea, fainting, and sudden onset of lower right back pain.

2. Appendicitis

Appendicitis is another condition that occurs when the appendix that is situated on the lower right side of the abdomen ruptures or becomes inflamed. This results in a sharp lower right back pain. Symptoms of the condition include vomiting, nausea, and fever.

3. Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis also results in significant back pain and fever. The condition involves infection in the spine. Other symptoms that are typically associated with the condition include redness, swelling, and tenderness around the spine area.

4. Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Euqina Syndrome happens when the nerve roots that exit at the bottom of the spinal canal in the lower back become inflamed or compressed. The symptoms of cauda equina syndrome vary but generally include pain and numbness in the lower body. Additional symptoms include bladder and bowel dysfunction.

Patients need to use judgment when it comes to getting medical help. Professional medical help should be sought of the lower right back pain prevents normal functioning. If the back pain causes difficulty in walking, sleeping, or standing, and the pain does not subside with pain medications or rest, it’s recommended to get medical help.

Keep in mind that the above is not an exhaustive list of all the probable causes of lower right back pain. Chronic conditions like ankylosing spondylitis and fibromyalgia affect large portions of the musculoskeletal system. A professional medical expert can make correct diagnosis of the lower right back pain and recommend treatment accordingly.

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Physiotherapists & Back Pain Expert

Twenty years ago I was lucky to survive a serious hockey injury. In a sport where big men zoomaround on hard ice and solid wood sticks are slung furiously, a difficult back injury is what every player fears.
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