Symptoms:
Usually described as a deep ache or throbbing pain across the belt line, low back pain can occasionally be sharp and exhibit symptoms of radiation into the buttocks, legs, or feet. During acute episodes of lower back pain, it may be difficult to move from a lying or seated position to a position of standing.

Causes:
Lower back pain is one of the top 5 reasons for person's visiting a doctor. It is also the most common cause for job-related disability and a leading cause for days missed from work. Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems due to the complex network of spinal muscles, nerves, discs, bones, and tendons in the lumbar spine. Straining muscles of the low back (erector spinae), damage and degeneration to the bones, and vertebral discs and irritation of the smaller nerves that innervate the lumbar spine all contribute to low back pain. As you age, it is also very common to experience pain from arthritis in your lumbar spine.

Tips:
Most people say they "throw out" their backs when the lumbar spine is injured. When completing exercises at the gym or at home, it is important to focus on your core strength. The stabilizing muscles of your abdomen (transverse abdominis and obliques) help reduce strain on the lumbar vertebrae and surrounding tissues through maintaining proper curvature in your spine. When these muscles become weak, it is very likely to have an increased lumbar curvature and be at higher risk for degenerative diseases and chronic back pain. In the event you "throw out" your back, use ice at home for 20-30 minutes. Regular chiropractic adjustments to the lumbar spine reduce your chance of developing pain symptoms and can lead to decreased amounts of degeneration and prolonged health of the low back.