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What is Lumbago? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

Lumbago is one of many names used for lower back pain or discomfort. This is a condition that affects approximately 80% of the Western world. The term lumbago is derived from the Latin word lumbus, meaning weakness in the lower back.  Lumbago can come on suddenly, take a while to worsen, and in some cases, be an intermittent sharp pain.  Our backs and bodies are wonderfully complex and strong structures. However, they are not immune to mishaps, overuse, abuse, and even birth defects.

Everyone’s pain is different, and everyone’s symptoms can be different, which is why the trained professionals at Freedom Health Centers are prepared with an array of the latest and most researched options for treatment.  They can design a plan that will fit your symptoms, your specific needs, and your budget. Let’s be honest, there is nothing more valuable than your health.

Causes of Lumbago

Causes can include accidents, sports injuries, muscle strain caused by over use, sitting without proper posture or support, a defect that may or may not have gone undetected, and an entire list of reasons too numerous to mention here. It’s crucial to document your symptoms and arrange an appointment with a trusted health-care provider as soon as possible. With careful examination and a discussion of your symptoms, they’ll be able to narrow down the cause for your lumbago.  Freedom Health Center clinicians will discuss options and devise a treatment plan tailor-made just for you.  You’ll be provided with a plan for safe and effective relief from the pain and discomfort associated with lumbago.

Symptoms of Lumbago

Lower back pain (lumbago) is a common complaint that may affect most people at some time in their life.  Pain can vary from a sudden sharp pain, to a slow dull ache, and can even change back and forth. Each individual is different, and their pain may be different. However, all lower back pain results from the muscles, nerves, and/or bones interacting in a way that is unusual for your body.  It is reassuring to know that this all too common complaint has a host of remedies available to you through your health care provider.

The condition may be classified by the underlying cause as either mechanical, referred pain, or non-mechanical. The symptoms of low back pain usually improve within a few weeks from the time they start, with 40-90% of people completely better by six weeks.

In most cases of low back pain a specific underlying cause is not easily identifiable.  Many believe the pain is due to mechanical problems such as joint or muscle strain.  If the pain does not ease with conservative treatment or if it is accompanied by “red flags” such as fever, sudden unexplained weight loss, or problems with feeling or movement, additional testing may be required to search for a more serious underlying isuse.  The straight leg raise test is useful to identify this cause.  One simple test is the straight leg test (Laségue test),  done during a physical examination by your health care provider to determine if your lumbago has an underlying cause, for example a herniated disc.

Treatment of Lumbago

About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from lumbago. Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, to bring your body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, into alignment.  Treatment options include electrical stimulation to calm irritated or damaged nerves; spinal alignment to straighten slipped vertebra and relieve pressure on discs; braces or other support appliances if needed to protect the back; steroid shots to reduce pain in a specific.

Another treatment option for back pain is physical therapy. There are similarities between the two treatment options, as your physical therapist will also do a thorough examination and will want to discuss your symptoms and treatment plan with you.  Physical therapy (PT) can include manual therapies, heat/ice packs, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and supervised movement. Your physical therapist will likely recommend some movement-based activities, including strengthening exercises and pain relief exercises and conditioning. These diagnostic tools and treatments should be your first steps in obtaining relief from lumbago, ad here at Freedom Health Center, our trained professionals have the latest in equipment, technology and training to be able to assist you.

Initial management without medication is the most common recommendation.  If that is not sufficient to control your pain, your doctor may suggest NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen). You should continue normal activity as much as the pain allows.  Your doctor may recommend medications for the duration that they are helpful. A number of other options are available for those who do not improve with usual treatment. Opioids may be helpful if over-the-counter pain medications are inadequate. However, they are not generally recommended and should only be used for a short time due to their addictive tendency.

Seek Help if You Suffer from Lumbago

It is important to remember that while many people suffer from this condition, in almost all cases, lumbago (lower back pain) responds well to treatment and can be successfully managed. Getting the proper health care and following the directions of the profesional you have chosen to help you can result in almost immediate relief and possibly a life-long elimination of your pain. The instruction, exercises and precautions they give you will be tailor-made to your specific needs and abilities. The goal is to help you recover while possibly preventing you from ever suffering this debilitating pain again.

The treatments for lumbago are developing and progressing rapidly.  You and your clinician will find one that provides you relief, satisfaction, and the ability to prevent, at least to some degree, ever having an episode of lumbago again.  The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can find the help and relief you need.

Our highly-trained professionals are competent, and ready to help you with symptoms, diagnosis, and a tailor-made treatment plan for your needs. Our staff understands the body in a holistic way, and has all spheres of pain relief treatment available to them to develop a treatment plan with details tailored specifically to you. The pain of lumbago does not have to be a daily companion. We are here to help you achieve your goal of getting the most out of your life and your body. Freedom Health Centers can offer you the latest in tested, trusted, innovative, and effective treatment. We believe your healing begins when you walk in the door, and we are eager to help you live a life without pain from lumbago.

Call Freedom Health Centers today at  (972) 542-3300 to learn more about treatment options for lumbago.