It is estimated that 4 out of 5 people suffer from lower back pains at one point in their lives. Lower back pain is considered to be among the most common complains in people from all ages and genders. The number of people suffering from back pains in constantly increasing, especially lower back pains.
Lower back pain is the most common form of back pain for a simple reason that our lower backs carry most of the body weight, which puts a lot of pressure on that part. Some people say that the increase of this number is due to all the changes in our lifestyle in the past couple of years. The fast pace in which our lives happen every day can have something to do with these problems. No matter why it is happening, lower back pain is a common problem for millions of people.
Now, there is some difference that people who suffer from lower back pain are noticing. Some of the people claim to have lower back pains only on the right side. And now we’re curious, why is that so?
Why the right side?
Don’t freak out if you only feel pain in the lower back, right side. This is most probably due to the fact that most of us are right-handed. Being right-handed means not only that you write better with that hand, but also that the whole right side of your body is most likely the one you’re more comfortable with. This is okay, and most of us do this too. But there’s also a downside to all of this. The reason why you feel lower back pain only on the right side is probably a consequence of using your right side much more than you use your left body side.
By using only your right side, you’re putting too much pressure on that side and none on the other side. In this way your body is out of balance. You put tension and stress only on your right side while your left body side does nothing. Typically, if you are right-handed, your right side of the body is going to be more developed than your left one. You do most of the things with your right hand, when you stand on one leg you stand on your right one, you have more strength in your right arm and leg, these are all things that right-handed people unconsciously do.
Causes of Lower Back Pain on the Right Side
Our lower back is a complicated area that consists of bones, muscles and many different forms of connective tissues. An injury on any of these crucial parts can cause lower back pains on the right side. However, researches show that when it comes to only one side of the lower back painful, it is most probably caused by out of balance muscles. Here are some of the most common causes of lower back pain, right side:
- Strains: When we overuse our right side of the body, we overuse the right lower back side. This can result with muscle, ligament or tendon strains. Strains are small tears of the muscles. These tears can be the cause for your right side lower back pain.
- Kidney problems: The kidneys are located close to the spine, one on the right and one on the left side of the spine. An infection on either one of them can cause lower back pain on the right or the left side. So, if you feel right side lower back pain, kidney infection can be the cause. Other symptoms of kidney infection are nausea and general illness.
- Herniated (slipped) Disc: Discs are cushions of the vertebrae (spine bones). If some disc is herniated, this means that it is ruptured and the fluid that is in the center of this disc starts to come out. This can cause pressure on some nerve and cause pain on the right side (or left) of the lower back.
– If this ruptured disc pressures the sciatic nerve, condition known as sciatica, you will also feel pain on only one side (left or right) of your lower back. So sciatica can be a cause of right side lower back pain.
- Degenerative Disc Condition: Less common cause of right side lower back pain. This is most likely to happen to older people and it is a condition where discs start to degenerate. It can also cause pain in the spine.
- Less common causes:
– Spinal Stenosis.
– Spurs on the bones.
– Osteoarthritis, etc.