Why does my lower back hurt on one side?

Answered by John Hunt

When it comes to lower back pain on one side, there can be a variety of causes. One common cause is a simple strain or sprain. This can occur from lifting heavy objects, twisting the back awkwardly, or even from poor posture. Sometimes, these strains and sprains can be quite painful and may take a few days or weeks to heal.

Another possible cause of lower back pain on the right side is kidney stones. These are hard deposits that form in the kidneys and can cause severe pain when they pass through the urinary tract. The pain from kidney stones often radiates from the back to the abdomen and groin area.

Infections can also lead to lower back pain on the right side. For example, a urinary tract infection can cause pain in the lower back. In some cases, the infection may spread to the kidneys, resulting in more intense pain.

Certain conditions that affect the intestines or reproductive organs can also cause right-sided lower back pain. For instance, conditions like appendicitis or ovarian cysts can cause pain that radiates to the lower back. Inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, may also cause discomfort in the lower back.

It is important to note that if you are experiencing lower back pain on the right side and it is not improving with rest, or if it is significantly affecting your daily life, you should consult a doctor. They will be able to evaluate your symptoms, perform any necessary tests, and provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

In my personal experience, I once had lower back pain on the right side that persisted for several weeks despite rest and over-the-counter pain medications. It turned out to be a muscle strain from lifting a heavy object incorrectly. My doctor recommended physical therapy and advised me to avoid any heavy lifting for a while. With the help of therapy and taking care of my back, the pain gradually subsided over time.

Lower back pain on the right side can have various causes, including strains and sprains, kidney stones, infections, and conditions affecting the intestines or reproductive organs. Seeking medical advice is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment if the pain persists or significantly impacts daily life.