Is your lower back pain centralized on the left side of your body? If so, read on to learn what may be provoking your symptoms:

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Lower back pain may start suddenly, or it can begin slowly and gradually worsen.
Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Muscle strain is the most common cause

The most common cause of lower left back pain is muscle strain on the left side of your body. Thankfully a muscle strain is not a serious injury, but the resulting pain can be quite severe.

See Pulled Back Muscle and Lower Back Strain

Pain in your lower left back from a muscle strain finds it origins in an overstretched or torn muscle (which damages the fibers of the muscle). This in turn can lead to inflammation, and this inflammation may cause back spasms. And pain from muscle strain is typically characterized as sharp, and is often tender to the touch.

See Video: What Is Your Back Muscle Spasm Telling You?

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A muscle strain in the lower left side of your back can result from any type of excessive stress or strain on your lower back. Causes of this stress and strain may include:

  • Any sport that involves twisting
  • Moving a heavy item
  • Slipping on the ice

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While your pain may be severe, the silver lining is that your lower left back pain caused by muscle strain will typically clear up in a few days (and almost all cases resolve in 3 to 4 weeks).

See Pulled Back Muscle Treatment

Lower left back pain from your internal organs

Less commonly, your lower left back pain may be provoked by a problem with your internal organs. These problems may include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney infection
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Pancreatitis

See Lower Left Back Pain from Internal Organs

If you suspect an internal organ problem is provoking your lower left back symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor to receive a proper diagnosis; as your symptoms may get worse with time.

See Getting an Accurate Back Pain Diagnosis

Other possible causes

In addition to the above, lower left back pain may also be caused by any of the following problems related to your spinal structures:

I hope all of the above information will help you better communicate with your doctor, which in turn can set you on a quicker path to healing.

Learn more:

Early Treatments for Lower Back Pain

Non-Surgical Treatments for Lower Back Pain