Understanding Lumbago Or Lower Back Pain

Lumbago aka Lower Back Pain

Lumbago is another word that is commonly used to identify lower back pain.  Lower back pain is a common complaint that will be felt by 80% of people at some point during their lives.  Lumbago symptoms can vary between dull, sharp and achy to constant pain or pain that is felt with specific movements or activities.  Lower back pain can have sudden onset if you fall or have a specific injury, or it can get manifest slowly and worsen as time passes.

Chiropractic Care and Lumbago

Lower Back PainIn most cases, lumbago is the result of restricted or abnormal movement of one or more joints in the lower back.  Abnormal joint movements create biomechanical stress.   Biomechanical stress causes irritation of joint surfaces and of the muscles and ligaments that move and support that particular joint.

As with any irritation in the body, if the stress continues or goes untreated the local tissues become inflamed which causes pain and muscle spasm.

Treatment for lumbago begins with identifying the activities that caused the original injury and modifying or eliminating them if at all possible.  Inflammation always accompanies low back pain and it is responsible for most of the symptoms that you feel.

The best thing that you can do to control inflammation at home is to use ice packs in 30-minute sessions several times daily.  You should ice right over the painful area making sure to use a thin layer of clothing between you and the ice in order to prevent frostbite.

Exercise and stretching are important but you have to be careful to not overdo it.  Stretches and exercises should be mild in intensity and not painful during or after.

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain focuses on improving range of motion of the joints of the lower back, reducing inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments and reducing pressure on the nerves.

This Video on Stretches for Lower Back Pain is Worth Watching:

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.