Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for three months or more. It can come and go, often bringing temporary relief, followed by frustration. Chronic low back pain may be caused by a herniated or ruptured disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Symptoms include:
- pain that radiates from the low back to the buttock, down the back of the leg, or into the foot;
- numbness or tingling in the leg;
- muscle weakness in the leg;
- difficulty standing or walking.
Causes of Back Pain
A herniated disc can occur when there is a tear in the outer layer of the disc and the inner gel-like substance leaks out. A ruptured disc occurs when the inner layer of the disc ruptures.
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that occurs when the discs in your spine begin to break down and deteriorate. This can happen due to age, injury, or overuse.