Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Just want it gone!


  • Acute low back pain (not always present, especially in piriformis syndrome)
  • Pain radiating down the leg. This pain may be sharp and accompanied by pins and needles and / or numbness.
  • Often triggered by a minor movement such bending over to pick something up
  • Pain may be worse by sitting, lifting, coughing or sneezing
  • Pain is usually relieved by lying down, often on one side
  • Pain is often better in the morning after a nights rest
  • There may be muscle spasm in the lower back
  • Tenderness in the lower back when pressing in
  • Pain on the straight leg raise test which is not apparent when just stretching the hamstring only


  • Rest in bed if necessary in a position that is comfortable
  • A doctor may prescribe NSAID's (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen. Should always be taken under the direction of a doctor and not if the patient has asthma
  • Apply heat or a hot bath may help to relieve muscle spasm
  • Use of a heat retainer or back brace can provide support in the early stages
  • See a sports injury specialist or doctor
  • Begin extension exercises as soon as pain allows

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