Hernias & Low Back Pain
Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: August 4, 2015
Back pain stems from a vast array of different conditions and injuries. One potential cause of back pain we have not yet discussed is hernias. Here we will define the types of hernias with their related treatment options. We will also offer some tips for telling the difference between hernia pain and back pain from other conditions.
Can Hernias Cause Back Pain?
The short answer is yes, hernias can cause back pain. Before we dive in any deeper, let’s briefly talk about what exactly a hernia is. Hernias occur when an organ or piece of tissue pushes out of a muscle wall, resulting in pain and potential blood flow issues.
Hernias come in various forms, and can occur in many areas of the body. Here are a few of the most common types of hernias:
- Ventral Hernias. These occur throughout the abdomen.
- Inguinal Hernias. These occur in several areas surrounding the groin.
Both types can cause pain in the mid and/or lower back. The most difficult part is differentiating between hernias and other conditions that may be causing the pain.
How to tell if Your Back Pain is caused by a Hernia
Successfully diagnosing the root cause of your back pain is the very first step in working towards a solution. To the frustration of many physicians and patients alike, there are many conditions with overlapping symptoms. Differentiating between specific conditions is necessary and begins with recognition of symptoms. Here are a few signs that your back pain may be caused by a hernia rather than another spine condition:
- You experience pain in the groin or abdomen in addition to back pain.
- You notice a bulge in your abdomen or groin area.
Treating Back Pain & Hernias
Hernias typically need to be surgically repaired by a general surgeon. If you are diagnosed with a hernia, your physician will refer you to a skilled general surgeon for the procedure. However, if your pain is caused by a different condition or injury of the spine, your best avenue for treatment will be a spine specialist.