What is low back pain?
Low back pain will affect a high percentage of us at some point in our lives. In fact, worldwide, low back pain causes more disability than any other condition. When it’s not possible to identify a particular cause this is called ‘non-specific’ low back pain, so it can be challenging to reach a diagnosis. It will usually improve over the course of several weeks or months, but it can still be frustrating to live with and disruptive to your everyday life.
When we talk about low back pain, we are referring to our “lumbar” region which has five vertebrae. Each of these has a label from “L1” up to “L5”, the latter sitting at the bottom of your spine. In between these vertebrae are discs which are the shock absorbers to support and cushion your spine. It’s usually L4 and L5, your lowest vertebrae, which get injured as they take the most force and pressure during everyday life.