Does Lower Back Pain Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Our bodies are made up of complex, interconnected body parts consisting of muscle, bones, numerous veins, and articles carrying blood to every part of our body. All these parts are held together by a bone structure commonly referred to as the skeleton.

The journal Spine conducted a study involved over 11,000 men suffering from back pain and found out that over 19% of them who were actively taking painkillers with high dosage was also being treated for erectile dysfunction.

The high number of people being treated for erectile dysfunction suffering from lower back pain left me wondering, does lower back pain cause erectile dysfunction? No, lower back pain does not cause erectile dysfunction. The lower back pain experienced are merely symptoms of the root cause which is usually damage that has occurred on the spinal cord that produces a herniated disc that squeezes blood vessels. This leads to an obstruction of the smooth flow of blood into the pelvic area and genitalia which results in an ability for a man to have or maintain a firm erection to have sexual intercourse.

Lower Back Pain Injuries that cause Erectile Dysfunction

The nervous system is a critical component in a man’s ability to achieve an erection and any injury on any part of it is among the leading causes of impotence in men. For a natural guide on dealing with erectile dysfunction, click here.

Erections are controlled by two different nerve centers located in the spine: the parasympathetic input from the sacrum and the sympathetic input from the thoracic-lumbar pathway. Below are several causes of lower back pain that cause erectile dysfunction:

Herniated Discs

A herniated disc refers to a situation where a spinal disk which contains a soft center encased within a more hardened exterior pushes out through a tear in that hardened exterior. It sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disk. A herniated disk pushes and squeezes the nearby nerves, obstructing blood flow to the pelvic area resulting in erectile dysfunction disorders.

These activities would cause you to have a herniated disc:

  • You fall on your back with a heavy impact
  • You decide to lift something weighty for you
  • You cough and sneeze in the wrong way

Tight Hip Flexors

Hip flexors are those muscles running from your low back spine through your groin and into your hip. They bring your legs and trunk together in a movement referred to as flexion.

These muscles can sometimes become tight, and when this happens, sitting down is the worst thing you can do — sitting causes your hips to shift forward and your legs to rotate. The hip socket gets compressed, pulling muscles and joints forward that usually leads to reduced blood flow to your pelvic area resulting in erectile dysfunction.

Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve occurs when surrounding tissues such as bones, tendons, cartilage apply too much pressure to a nerve surrounding them. This pressure disrupts the nerve function causing numbness, weakness, and steady flow of blood.

Your lower back spine connects to many nerves and among them is the prudential nerve. This nerve is responsible for sexual sensation in your genitalia. Compression on this nerve caused by damage to the lower back leads to chronic numbness in the penis, scrotum and

Treatment of  Low Back Pain That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Working with a chiropractor and a physical therapist can go a long way in dealing with your low back pain, causing your erectile dysfunction disorders before they get worse. A chiropractor will deal with your herniated discs and pinched nerves, while a therapist will help you relieve your swelling or any muscle spasm you have been experiencing.

The majority of back pain require over-the-counter pain relievers and use of heat. However, some may be serious and therefore, require more attention. Below are some of the treatment methods you can use to treat low back pains.


Your doctor will provide you medication depending on the type of low back pain you have.

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) Pain Relievers
    Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, among others are usually prescribed by doctors to relieve acute back pain. Use with caution as overuse can result in serious side effects.

  • Muscle Relaxants

They’re prescribed for those experiencing a higher level of pain. Muscle relaxants can make you feel dizzy and sleepy. Therefore you’re advised only to take them when not moving around.

  • Standard Pain Relievers

These are your conventional creams and ointments which you rub on your skin for fast relief from body pain. They’re usually quick pain relievers.

  • Injections

This is usually the last resort by doctors, and it’s only provided when other measures have failed to relieve your pain. The injection provides a numbing sensation in the space around your spinal cord or epidural space. It usually lasts for a couple of weeks.


This involves educating people experiencing low back pains on the importance of staying active, reducing stress and ways of mitigating future injuries.

Physical Therapy and Exercise

A Physical therapist can provide you with a wide range of treatment solutions that involve the use of heat, ultrasound, and muscle release techniques to relieve your low back pains.

The therapist will also provide advice on the type of physical exercises you should perform to increase your flexibility, strengthen your spinal and abdominal muscles.


Surgery is usually reserved for the most extreme cases such as: if you have unrelenting low back pain associated with leg pain or you have acute muscle weakness caused by the compression of nerves. Spinal stenosis and herniated disk treatment that isn’t responding well to therapy are prime candidates for surgery.

Alternative Medicine

The use of alternative medicine has provided relief to millions of people suffering from low back pain that had affected their ability to engage in sexual intercourse. Some of these alternative treatment methods you can use include:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care involves a chiropractor providing treatment focusing on the manual adjustment and or manipulation of the spine. Chiropractors are experts in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders.


Acupuncture is a treatment method derived from Chinese medicine and involves inserting very thin needles into a person’s skin at specific points of the body referred to as ‘acupoints’ in varying depths. Many people suffering from low back pains have reported great success from this form of treatment, especially from symptoms arising from damage to the spinal bone structure, such as erectile dysfunction disorders.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

A TENS units is a battery-operated device that is placed on the skin and works by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes attached to adhesive pads to a person’s skin. These electrical impulses flood the person’s nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the spinal cord and brain, and providing some pain relief to the person.

These electrical impulses can also be used to stimulate the body to produce natural pain relievers referred to as endorphins. The effectiveness of this procedure has received mixed results from people affected.


Massage helps to relax the muscles in your body, and it usually works if tense or overworked muscles are causing your low back pain.


Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline that started in India. It’s a practice that uses breathing techniques, exercise, and mediation to help improve a person’s health and happiness. Yoga exercises involve the stretching of muscles, resulting in the relaxation of those muscles and reduction of pain in the person’s lower back area. The reduction of pain in the person’s lower back, combined with its ancient breathing techniques, have successfully restored peoples sexual vitality and eliminated their erectile dysfunction disorders.

Prevention of Low Back Pain That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

About 80% of people in the world will, at one point in their lives experience lower back pain. The good news is that majority of the lower back pain (LBP) will usually get better on its own, but unfortunately for some, it may require treatment for it may be a sign of damage to nervous system surrounding the spine, causing blood flow problems, leading to erectile dysfunction disorders.

You can reduce the chances of experiencing lower back pains by making these positive lifestyle changes.

Exercise Your Core

Strong core muscles are crucial in having a strong back structure that provides to your lower back and prevents injury.  Perform low-impact cardio exercises such as exercise walking that increases blood flow to your spine and pelvic areas, leading to better sexual performances.

Good Posture

Poor posture places pressure on your lower back, which is the leading cause of degenerated or herniated discs. Get yourself an ergonomic chair to support your natural curve in the lower back, and make it a point of getting up from your desk every 30 minutes and strolling for a couple of minutes if you spend most of your time seated. These activities strengthen your lower back, enhances steady blood flow to your pelvic areas, which helps in preventing you from having erectile dysfunction problems. Click here to view a complete guide that I recommend on dealing with erectile dysfunction.

Experiencing lower back pain is merely a symptom of damage to your nervous system, and it is a significant cause of erectile dysfunction in men. Regular exercises and maintaining an active lifestyle is among the best ways of avoiding lower back pains and issues such as erectile dysfunction that arise from it.

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