There are a couple of factors that can help you determine how bad your lower back pain is. These include:
Discomfort vs pain
A stiff lower back or discomfort usually means that your injury is less severe than if you have constant, excruciating pain. If you ignore the stiffness and discomfort it could become painful. This means that your problem is getting worse and you need to consult a physiotherapist for an assessment and treatment.
Pain that is localised to a specific part (left or right side) of your lower back is generally less serious than if your whole lower back hurts and if there is pain in your buttock area. If you have lower back symptoms that run all the way down to your lower leg and foot, you might not have a lumbar sprain, especially if you have pins and needles or numbness. Rather call us for an accurate diagnosis.
Ease of movement
Your problem is less severe if you can still complete your daily activities like getting out of bed, walking, getting up from a chair comfortably without too much pain. Once your symptoms start interfering with these daily tasks your problem is more serious. If you wake up at night when turning around in bed or you struggle to get up in the mornings, it’s time to get help.
Range of movement
When lumbar facet syndrome is mild you will notice that certain movements cause a sudden, sharp pain that goes away after a couple of minutes. This usually happens at the end of a movement, like when you reach down to tie your shoes or lean back to get something from the backseat of your car. With a more severe injury even small movements cause this sharp pain and it doesn’t settle down even when you’re sitting or lying down.