Lower Back Pain Left Side

Do You Get Lower Back Pain on the Left Side?

Watch the video below to learn a common cause of left side lower back pain, plus a simple stretch that you can use to relieve it!

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Common causes of lower back pain on the left side are:

  1. A tight quadradtus lumborum muscle - this is the muscle between your ribcage and pelvis
  2. Tight hip flexors muscles - your hip flexor muscles actually attach to your spine, and when they're tight, they can create a lot of compression on the spine causing lower back pain.

Try this quick and easy stretch to help relieve lower back pain on the left side!

    1. Kneel down with the left knee on the ground.
    2. Roll your pelvis underneath you
    3. Keep your spine in a neutral position
      (You should now be feeling a stretch in the front of your left thigh)
    4. Raise your left arm up in the air
    5. Lift up your left hand towards the ceiling, as far as it will go
    6. Take a deep breath in (you should feel the air in the lower left part of the rib cage)
    7. Hold it for 1 second
    8. Breathe out
    9. Do this for 5 breaths. For each breath, try to lift your left hand up a little higher
    10. FOCUS on filling the left part of your abdomen with air!

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But What Causes Left Side Lower Back Pain In The First Place?

Sure, you may have tight muscles in your hip flexors and lower back...

But how did they get that way in the first place?

There are many different things that can cause your hip flexors and lower back muscles to get tight in the first place, but some common causes are:

  • Sitting too long
  • Sitting without back support
  • Sitting with your legs crossed
  • Standing with more weight on one leg than the other (in this case often the left side).
  • Repeated or prolonged bending

Why Is Lower Back Pain On The Left Side Common In Women?

Left side lower back pain is so common in women because the majority of the population is right-handed.  When women have young children and they're carrying them around, it's common that right-handed women carry their baby on their left hip so that they have the right hand free to do other things.

Over time though, this leads the muscles on the outside of the left hip to become overstretched and weak, whereas the hip flexor muscles and the lower back muscles on the left side become stiff and short.

This is a perfect recipe to create lower back pain on the left side.

What Other Exercises Can Help Left Side Lower Back Pain?

Because the muscles on the outside of the left hip often get overstretched and weak, strengthening these muscles (the hip abductors and hip external rotators) can also help left side lower back pain.

Here are some links to posts about hip strengthening exercises that can help your lower back pain:

Exercise For Pain On The Outside Of The Hip

How To Do The "Clamshell" Exercise For Weak Hip Muscles Properly

Hopefully you find these tips helpful in relieving your lower back pain.

Have pain on the Lower Right Side instead? See our article on Why Does My Back Hurt On The Lower Right Side?

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