Statistics show that 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.
The yellow structures seen in the picture are your nerve roots which exit at each level in your spine, and are responsible for stimulating or working the surrounding structures in your body, including muscles, inner organs, and the sensation of your skin. Surrounding the nerves, bones of your spine, and joints are ligaments (strong tissue that holds the bones and joints firmly), and finally, muscles. All of these structures in your low back that can cause painful symptoms.
If you have low back pain longer than 3 weeks that does not resolve on its own, it is important to see a health practitioner like a registered physiotherapist that has superior assessment skills to help you differentiate which structure has been injured, how it happened, and how to treat or manage your low back pain.