What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain is the medical term for pain in the lower back, in the region of the lumbar vertebrae, located under the last vertebra that has a rib (the vertebrae that go from D12 to S1). These pains can go down to the buttocks, or even to the back of the knees. It is a very common condition, usually not serious. It can happen at any age, especially in teens and in their 40s.

The treatment for low back pain depends largely on its cause.

For pain of muscle or nerve origin, the doctor may prescribe analgesics to calm the pain (acetaminophen, aspirin, etc.), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen), opiates (codeine, oxycodone). Applying heat or cold and certain specific exercises can relieve pain. Muscle manipulations performed by a specialist (physiotherapist, osteopath) are sometimes recommended.

If the pain is related to a misalignment of the feet, their deformation (flat or hollow foot), the podiatrist can prescribe the best treatment adapted to your situation:

A biomechanical exam to assess your posture. Two treatments are then possible:

  • plantar orthotics;
  • or cortisone injections to relieve your feet.