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Acute Low Back Pain

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

What is Acute Low back pain?

Acute low back pain is usually a sudden onset of pain in the Lumbar Spine (lower back) and it is often caused by a sudden injury or strain of the muscles and ligaments supporting the lower back. Acute low back pain can last for a few days to a few weeks and the lower back is the most common affected area.

How long does acute low back pain last?

Acute low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most low back pains are acute and it can resolve on its own in a few days. If the pain persists more than 2-3 days it is advised you ask for help from a physiotherapist.

You may initially feel a sharp pain or a dull achy feeling.

The pain can be mild or it can be severe that you are unable to move.

You may feel some leg , buttock pain or a burning sensation depending on the cause of your problem. Weakness on your lower limbs can also be a symptom.

What causes acute low back pain?

Most common soft tissue / muscle injuries or mechanical issues are the cause of low back pain. The most common cause is a strain of a muscle or a ligament. Damage in the intervertebral discs, nerve damage or a joint dysfunction can also be the cause of your acute low back pain.

Diagnosis of Lower back Pain

A Diagnosis of your acute low back pain can be made by our Physiotherapists at Physio Pattern Manchester ( We will carry out a thorough assessment to find the real cause of your problem.

Did you know?

  • 7.5% of the world's population suffers from low back pain

  • Up to 60% of the adult population can expect to have low back pain at some time in their life

  • A UK population-based cross-sectional study of 15,272 people aged 25 years and older found the 1-month period prevalence of low back pain to be 28.5%, peaking at age 41–50 years. Low back pain was reported by one in four people aged over 80 years [Macfarlane et al, 2012]

  • Around 20% of people with low back pain consult their GP each year

  • 3-4% of young adults (below 45 years of age) are chronically disabled by low back pain

  • 5-7% of older adults (over 45 years of age) are chronically disabled by low back pain

What are the treatment options for acute low back pain?

Your Physiotherapist at Physio Pattern Manchester will support and advice you through an individualised program tailored to your needs. At Physio Pattern Manchester, a treatment plan will be developed to ensure a speedy recovery with long term results and no recurrence.

Physio Pattern Manchester offers highly specialised treatment for low back pain problems.

Below you can find the treatment options for Low Back Pain:

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