If you’ve recently moved and lifted too much, your back might hurt when you stand up or try to move. Likewise, a rough and tumble game of tackle football could leave you hurting for a few days. But outside of the aches and pains of some kind of unusual activity, your back shouldn’t hurt when you’re standing or walking.
If you experience lower back pain as a result of being on your feet or going for a walk, it’s a sign that something’s not right. Let’s take a look at all the possible reasons.
The most common reason that standing or walking leads to lower back pain is muscle fatigue, though there are also medical conditions that may be at fault, including degenerative disk disease or spinal stenosis. Our New Jersey lumbar spine specialist can help you identify the cause of your pain, and help bring you relief and improved quality of life.
The problem that is easiest to resolve physically is the one that many people have the hardest time with: it’s fatigue. When we’re working, cooking for family, or in some other way taking on more than our bodies are accustomed to, it leads the muscles into exhaustion that makes the muscles in your lower back and legs scream. You can tell when you’ve done too much when just sitting offers relief.
The obvious answer to this is rest, but that solution can feel out of the question when you’re cooking for Thanksgiving or your new job demands that you’re on your feet. If you can rest, then do so. If you can’t, try to take a break by stretching or sitting, even for a few minutes. If you’re overweight, then try to drop a few pounds. The other thing you can do to help is to make sure that you’re wearing shoes that provide you with good support and cushioning.
If you suspect that the problem is not a matter of fatigue, but that instead there is something that has changed within your back’s support system, there are a few possible diagnoses for which pain upon walking or standing is a common symptom. These include:
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
This narrowing of the spine leads to compression of the spinal cord itself, as well as the nerves that branch out of it. In most cases the narrowing occurs lower down in the lumbar spine, and as a result that is where the pain is felt. Other symptoms include weakness in the legs, numbness or a tingling sensation anywhere between the lower back and the legs, and sciatica. As is true with fatigue, the easiest way to relieve the pain of lumbar spinal stenosis is to sit down, though some people find that simply bending or leaning forward can help.
Degenerative Disk Disease
People who suffer from this degenerative condition experience stiffness and pain upon rising and while standing, though walking can make it feel better. The condition is a result of aging, and occurs as the disks between the vertebrae wear down. Other symptoms include pain radiating down the buttocks and thighs and weakness in the legs or feet.
The first step to addressing the problem of lower back pain when walking or standing is to get a diagnosis from an experienced, qualified physician. Our lumbar spine specialist in New Jersey can help, and provide you with a course of action that will set you on the path to recovery.
Contact us today to set up an appointment.