Over 80% of the population will suffer from lower back pain during their lives. Most cases of lower back pain can be linked to a general cause—such as muscle strain, injury, or overuse—or can be attributed to a specific condition of the spine, most commonly:

A number of less common conditions can cause low back pain as well, such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, spinal tumors, fibromyalgia, and piriformis syndrome.

Cauda equina syndrome is a rare but serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. If cauda equina syndrome is not treated quickly, it can result in physical and neurological problems.
Back strains can be acute or chronic. Acute back strains are caused by a one-time injury, while chronic strains are caused by repetitive movements that damage the back muscles and ligaments over time.
A lumbar herniated disc, lumbar spinal stenosis, spinal infections, and any other trauma to the lumbar spine can cause nerve compression leading to cauda equina syndrome.
Examine the most common causes of lower back pain including muscle strain, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and more.
Coccydynia (tailbone pain or coccyx pain) is a rare condition that causes persistent pain in the bottom of the spine. Explore coccydynia treatment options.
Coccydynia symptoms may vary from patient to patient, but often include tailbone pain and tenderness that increases with sitting, bowel movements, and/or sexual intercourse.
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