Result of the quiz: You may be suffering from simple low back pain

You probably have “simple” low back pain. Why is it called "simple"? Because your pain is probably mechanical, and therefore without a neurological component (which generally makes the condition more "complex").

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You should know that the prognosis is favorable, and that the majority of cases resolve within 6 weeks. Since you have no symptoms indicating a serious pathology, you can be reassured that there is a possibility of recovery.

Of course, it is always best to consult a healthcare professional to optimize recovery. In the meantime, here are some recommendations to implement to make your life easier:

  • Avoid complete rest in bed.
  • Stay active as far as possible. If possible, continue with your activities (including work) despite the persistence of symptoms. Of course, take breaks as needed, and don't go beyond pain.
  • If you decide to wear a lumbar support, limit its use. (Here's how)
  • Apply ice packs initially to calm inflammation, then switch to heat after a few days to reduce muscle tension. Do not exceed 15-20 minutes per application.
  • A good way to control pain is to do slow, deep, rhythmic breaths.
  • If the pain becomes incapacitating, your doctor may prescribe medicines adapted to your condition and your medical history.
  • Eventually, it will be important to integrate a therapeutic exercise program that includes a cardiovascular component, muscle activation and strengthening, and flexibility. A healthcare professional will be able to guide you through this process.
  • Pay attention to symptoms that radiate down the leg. Whether it's pain that goes down to the knee, or numbness and tingling in the foot, it's best to consult if your symptoms ever change.
  • In general, medical imaging examinations are rarely indicated. Indeed, several studies have failed to demonstrate a relationship between radiographic findings and patient symptoms.