What are some causes for pain in the lower back, buttocks or pelvic region?

Low back pain is a common symptom that affects many people during their lifetime. For some, low back pain can be an acute, short-term problem. Others experience chronic, long-term symptoms. There are many structures in the lower back and pelvic area that can cause pain. Most commonly, people think of a “slipped disc” as a cause of low back pain. Occasionally, hip problems can be confused with low back conditions. In fact, there are many causes of back pain, including arthritis of the back, and degeneration secondary to scoliosis. The SI joint can be a significant contributor to pain in the lower back, pelvic region, buttocks, or legs.