Lower Back Pain Right Side

Lower back pain in the right side can be caused by a number of reasons.  Your lower back (lumbar area) is the weight bearing part of your body.  Therefore, it is important that you take extra care of this part of your back.  Lower right side back pain symptoms can be the result of serious medical complications; therefore, it is extremely important that you determine the cause of right side lower back pain.

Acute or Chronic

Right side lower back pain can be acute or chronic.  There is a difference between acute and chronic lower back pain in the right side.  Acute pain begins suddenly and is generally a sharp pain.  It can also be mild and last for just a moment, or it could be severe and last for weeks or even months.  Acute pain usually disappears after the underlying cause has been treated or healed.  If you do not treat acute pain, it could turn into chronic pain.

Chronic pain continues even if the injury or underlying cause has been treated or healed.  Pain signals can remain in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years after the problem area has healed.  This can cause physical effects, such as:

  • Tense muscles
  • Limited mobility
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in appetite

Chronic pain can also cause emotional effects, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety

Chronic pain can cause you to fear that you will injure your lower back again.  This might lead to hindering your ability to return to work or doing fun activities.


There are many different causes for pain in your lower right side back.  Generally, the cause is from an injury to the back muscles, ligaments, or joints.  A temporary injury that is not as severe will generally cause acute pain, while a severe injury, such as a fracture can result in chronic pain.

The following, aside from injury, can cause lower back pain in the right side:

  • Muscle strain
  • Imbalance in muscles
  • Sciatic nerve compression
  • Herniated disc
  • Spondylolysis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney diseases (kidney stones or kidney infection)
  • Improper posture
  • Improper stretching exercises
  • Heavy lifting


The treatment will depend on the cause.  Before you can take a course of action for treatment, you will need to determine why you are experiencing pain.  Some different techniques to determine the cause of pain include:  X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.  There are different ways you can treat lower back pain in your right side, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Medication
  • Lower back exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Surgery

Surgery is your last option, and it is important to know that surgery may not always work.  Chronic pain could continue even after surgery.


Prevention is the best option.  There are some measures you can take to help you prevent lower back pain in your right side.   Always stand and walk in an upright position.  Do not ever bend from your waist.  Instead, bend from your knees, especially while you are lifting weight.  Consult your doctor before you start a new exercise routine.  Make lifestyle changes where you need to so you can avoid lower back pain in the right side.

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  1. 😥 i have had lower back pain for years its so annoying! i was told it could be from having three kids but dont really know.

  2. I don’t know where it comes from or when it will show up but it is quite painful and it takes me away from my everyday routine. I am no good for anyone or anything. I just take my advil and go on the best I can till it subsides or it ends.

  3. Hi, I have had lower right side back pain for about 3 weeks. I thought I might of picked up something heavy as I do housecleaning for a living. I can’t get a comfortable position when I sleep at night. It was getting better then I picked up one of my dogs and it came back. I thought it might be ibs. not sure.?????

    • not going to be ibs. probably pulled a muscle at work. try getting one of those whole back size heating pads. you’ll feel so much better if you relax and watch a real good movie with the heating pad on there. just try it for a few days or till the pain is better. just a good suggestion. goodluck!

  4. I have been having lower right back for 2 days now its really sharp. it hurts sometimes when i lift up my leg. is it kidney problems ir is it just a muscle spasm? i havent lifted anything heavy that i can remember. & i dont know if this matter but i have been having white discharge/clear no ordor or anything. recently stopped taking depo shot need some help please.

    • Not trying to scare you but my aunt told me my mom and uncle had white discharge.They were both diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.my mom wen’t to the doctors 6 months before she was told she had cancer and they told her it was a back strain.It pissed me off becouse they said if they caught it 6 months earlier they might have been able to do something about it.Best of luck and GOD bless.

    • best thing to do for yourself is to get a pancreatic screening asap. then you can know if you can be rest assured to see other answers. I wish you the best and will cross my fingers !

  5. i have this horrable pain on the lower right side of my back. i think it maybe because i bent at a wierd angle today while on the floor. at first, it didnt hurt but after ii took a nap and woke up 30 mins later, i cant even bend down…… goin to the docter soon so i hope it’s nothing bad!!!!! 🙁

  6. I’ve got this pain for about a week now. First only slightly and then it goes worse. I can’t think of lifting anything heavy or havingg a cold back while being outside. I’ll keep having hot water bottles, hot baths and take painkillers. But would normally works for me doesnt do anything now. As I can’t have time off of work I try to avoid sudden movements and certain positions, also try to sit down wherever possible but then again my boss doesn’t really care and makes me work or do stuff I shouldn’t do in the way I would normally do it. I just hope it goes away soon.

  7. I started to feel pain in my lower right back on New year’s day. The very next day I tried getting out of bed but couldn’t. I experienced the worst pain ever wrapped around my right thigh at the groin. I needed help to get up and the pain was so great that it made me sick to my stomach. I can’t do anything but sit down. I feel tired all the time. Every morning I need help to get up and it s so painful. Once I’m up the pain is less when I walk. Please help me.

    • i think what you have is a slipped disc. and it is so debilitating but please dont lie down to it uless no option , im speaking from experience .its the worst pain ever go get help x

  8. i have been lower right back pain, the worst pain i felt was last night. i feel like i need to make number 2 but i could not. but, today i did but the pain still there. every time i have this pain it makes me feel the need to go.

  9. I don’t know how it happened. One day my back just started hurting and by nightfall it got worse. For the next three days the pain was unbearable. Went to a clinic and the doctor prescribed pain killers, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxers. The pills didn’t help much. It gradually got a little better. It’s been two weeks now and there is some pain there. I read somewhere that it might be a PSOAS Muscle strain.

  10. my whole lower back had been sore last week from track practices and i worked and i did alot of bending at the waist at work. yesterday i reached down alittle to grab my jacket and it felt like i had charlie horse in my back and i fell and somehow managed to crawl to my bed. its not a charlie horse pain, now it feels like a really bad and painful cramp when i move. im 18 years old

  11. Ive had lower right back pain that wraps around to my front lower side. Its been o.going for 8 months or more. My doc says endometriosis and did a minor surgery. That didnt work. Then a lupron shot. That didnt work. I hurt all the time. Its just gettin worse. If you loose your ins they just dont give a damn anymore. Someone please let me kno what i can do or what is causing this.

  12. Hi i have been having bad pain for 5 weeks now i have gone to the doctors they have had pain meds , muscle relaxers and anti inflamotory and it has not worked it goes away for 1 week and comes back now it has gotten to the point that i feel some times have no feeling in mt right hand and sharp pain in my leg what can it be

    • its sceatica with out a shout. and its so horrable .when i had it i insisted my ankel was broke but thats the feeling . hope you mend soon x


  14. im 20.. so i can agree that i am way too young for this. bt i since the beginning of feburary ive been having lower back pain. trying to figure out what may have cause my discomfort.. i have no bed so i sleep on the floor, im in dance! could i have stretch wrong and did a bad move?? i execerise every morning.. sit ups, squats, bottom lifts? what could have started my problem? late janurary my knee problem came back (torn legiment) i had to ge x-rays then take this big pills. i dont believe in medication i fill they cause unnecessary issues within the body for example after my second intake and realize 10 bucks has went down the drain… feburary comes and im having lower back pains which now in march has stretched down my right side of my leg before the knee cap. i have no numbness so im not convence that its a pinch nerve. idk what do but im not taken medication ever again… or listen to my boothang that told me to go get the pain checked out. all his fault =(

    • Hi, well… sleeping on the floor isn’t helping you. You are young but I know about it since I hurt my back when I was 24. I played a lot of volleyball so I suspect that was the problem. If you are feeling pain down your right side and right next to your knee cap, that’s seems to be coming from the L4-L5 disc. I know this because that’s what I have. HOWEVER, I have pain and numbness. I’m not a doctor and I will only give you my opinion, If you have had this pain for a while now and meds hasn’t helped, you should get a steroid cortisone shot in your back, it is the only thing that has helped me. Good luck! I feel your pain.

  15. Hi, I have been experiencing severe back pain on my low right side. I play soccer and basketball and I’m very active and the pain prevents me from doing anything. I have the most trouble standing up after I’ve been sitting down a while. It feels like my back won’t go straight. The only injury I’ve had of recently was a broken big toe, though it may have nothing to do with my back, and I don’t know what to do.
    Any help would be great

    • @Help, I would highly recommend you go to a Dr. and see what’s wrong. I’m guessing they will do an Xray which is SOP. Do that first and see what the Dr. Says.

  16. I have had lower rt back pain for at least 2 years it makes it so hard to get out of bed an hinders me all day at work ?

  17. Fifty-four years ago I was racing on foot with other young men on a wet brick surface. Nearing the building we were to enter, I tried to slow down only to have my feet slip out from under me. I slid feet first into a concrete step, breaking my right ankle at the talus. In the intervening years I have had problems with my right knee but not my left, the right side of my back but not the left and for the last few years the upper right side of my right hip has been giving me fits. It really hurts! I did have fusion surgery on my back in an attempt to ease the pain about 41 years ago, but no relief. Does anyone think that the pain is related to the ankle fracture?

  18. I’m a 61 year old female and have chronic right side lower back pain. I fractured my left ankle two year ago and the pain in my lower back started. I’ve had physical therapy, facet injections, and a nerve blocks and now the pain has gotten worse. I’m tired of being a lab rat, and doctors guessing what to do.

  19. I am 67 years old and I have scoliosis I would get back pain every now and but it would always go away after a day or two . Now I have had lower back pain on my right side, it hurts when I sit downer or try to get up I have had it for about a week now, it is quite painful I have tried heating pads cold pacs and alleve and a cream nothing is helping.i have made an apointment with the doctor, maybe he can figure it out p corbett

  20. Hell;o, I;m 53 years old,I have a severe back problem,I sit down most of the time I have to have help getting up my back feel like something is deep down in my back.It feel like something is on my pelvis lying,I went to the doctor and they couldn’t find anything,I had a CT scan,Xray, ultra sound,They still couldn’t find anything the pain is getting worse by the day I don’t know what else I can do to get rid of this severe back pain.

  21. Ive been living with lower back pain for yrs. Ive alwys been told that its a strain . Ive learned to live with pain cuz im tired od drs telling me oh its just a muscle strain.bs is all i can say

  22. I think all these docs are angry about healthcare reform. I had an adult temper tantrum.
    There where it started. I have sarcoidosis, it affects my lungs, eyes and under my skin. All my joints seem to always ache. So I Was referred to a pain center.something about having a procedure as many as needed till I would have the pain subsidies . I missed all nerve burn procedure. It feels like acupuncture to me. because I can’t see lying on my belly. The procedure takes all of 15-20 min. At any rate my back pain to be more painful everyday.God I hate being a problem for anyone (especially) him. How we take a lot of things for granted. Please help and pray for all of us with these affliction. One Love.l


  24. I taking my daughters to the sitters and laid them down on the floor and when I laid my second daughter down I couldn’t stand back up. Was about 2 weeks ago since my back has been in severe back pain I’m walking hunched pack I still have to go to work even though the doctor took me off and I noticed that I have a lump on the right lower side above my waistline it is such severe pain I’m always aggravated I can barely move it also makes the middle of my back and my neck my shoulders hurt as well I’m pregnant though so they cannot do any xrays or give me any medication but I don’t really care about that I just want to know what is wrong with my back