Lower Left Back Pain

Lower left back pain is not unlike lower right back pain.  If you are left-handed, there is a chance that you can injure you left side from over-use or added stress.  Left-handed people tend to use their left side more and may be prone to lower left back pain.  If you are not left-handed and still experience lower left back pain, there could be a number of reasons for it.

When we injure our lower back, it is common to injure one side over the other.  You may have simply twisted your back in a way that injured your left side and not the right.  Or, you could have turned your body while sleeping and put added strain on that area of your back.

Pay attention to your posture while both sitting and standing.  Try to determine if you put undue stress on the left side by slouching or leaning to one side.  If you work out, do you notice that your right side is stronger than your left?  If so, weakness on the left may be the reason for your injury.  Please read our free report for more information on lower left side back pain.

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Other Causes fo Lower Left Back Pain

Is My Kidney Causing My Lower Left Back Pain?
Lower left back pain is likely the result of a pull or tear to tissue in the lumbar region.  More serious conditions, however, such as kidney stones and kidney infection should not be ruled out. Such pain is usually sharp and distinct and is unlikely to be relieved with message or exercise. Located in the lower back on either side of the spine, your kidneys can be very sensitive to touch if infected and can cause nausea and illness.  Be sure to consult with a physician if you have any of these symptoms as a kidney infection can become very serious.

Lumbar Strain
A lumbar strain is among the most common causes for lower left back pain and is the result of tiny tears or pulls in the muscle, tendons or ligaments of the lower back.  If you hurt yourself while lifting or exerting yourself, it is likely that you have a lumbar strain.  This type of injury is very common and usually lasts between a cople weeks and a couple months.  You can rest for a couple days (no longer than 2), but should continue moving normally until the pain goes away.  Some people feel better with stretching or moderate exercise, but it is really up to the individual.  Lower left back pain from a lumbar strain will typically go away on its own, regardless of treatment.  For more information on a lumber a strain, please read our free report.

Lower Left Back Pain as a result of Herniated Disc
A herniated disc, also called a ruptured or slipped disc, can be the result of stress and over-exertion so it may be difficult to distinguish between a lumbar strain.  See a back pain specialist if you are unsure.  Your discs serve as cushions between your vertebrae to allow your spine a degree of flexibility.  In the center of these cushions is a gel-like substance.  When the spine is compressed, pressure is put on the discs and the gel can rupture through the outer portion of the disc and encroach on a nerve, causing pain.  When a disc, muscle or bone encroaches on the sciatic nerve, then sciatica is the reult.

Sciatica and Lower Left Side Back Pain
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and runs from the base of the spine, around the buttocks and down each leg.  Pressure or encroachment on the nerve can cause pain anywhere along the nerve.  Pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause pain, stiffness and numbness in the leg even if there is no pain in the loweer back.