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Lower Back Pain Symptoms

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Lower back pain is a common disorder that involves the bones, muscles and nerves of the lower back area. This is mostly caused by injuring the lumbar spine. The person therefore experiences a lot of pain around the lower back area. This condition is at times referred to as Lumbago.

Types of lower back pain:

Lumbago can be categorised according to;

  • Duration
  • Underlying Cause

Duration:

Here lumbago is classified according to the duration of time the pain lasts. Some of the types in this category include;

  • Acute Pain- this type of pain is usually experienced for a very short period of time and then disappears.
  • Sub acute Pain- experienced for about 6-12 weeks.
  • Chronic Pain- this type of pain is usually experienced for over 12 weeks consistently.

Underlying Cause:

  • Mechanical- This is the most common cause of lumbago that originates from the ligaments, bones and muscles of the back.
  • Radical- Radical pain occurs when root nerves of the spinal cord are inflamed.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms can be experienced in different ways depending on the cause of the injury/pain. Some of the common ones include;

  • Pain after Prolonged Sitting

The back area, specifically the lumbar spine has discs. When you sit, especially for a long period of time a lot of pressure is exerted on these discs which then causes a lot of pain in the lower back area.

  • Muscle tightness

In this case, the patient feels muscle tightness and spasms in the lower back area around the pelvis and the hips.

Challenges in walking or standing straight

In some cases, patients usually have difficulty in walking straight as they tend to feel a lot of pain when they try to do so. Therefore, they tend to lean onto surrounding objects just to relieve the pain when walking.

  • Sciatica

This involves a constant burning pain that moves from the lower back area to the back of the thighs and legs. This happens when the sciatica nerve is irritated and is a definite symptom of lumbago.

  • Dull aching pain

In this case, the patient experiences mild pain that originates from the lower back area and stays there. It is accompanied by muscle spasms and aches in the pelvis and hips.

Causes:

Lumbago can be caused by numerous factors. Some of them include;

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Poor posture
  • Lack of Proper Exercise
  • Stress

Chiropractors and Lumbago

One of the most preferred options for managing and treating lower back pain is seeing a chiropractor. Used by chiropractors, spinal manipulation, is a way of treating lumbago in specific patients. The chiropractor basically applies hand pressure on the areas of pain in order to relax irritated muscles and relieve pain.

Conclusion

It is very wrong and risky for anyone to ignore any of the signs of lumbago even though some pains come shortly and go. This is because the condition could slowly be escalating without you realising it until it is too late. Therefore, if any of these symptoms occur, patients are advised to see a professional chiropractor as soon as possible. This will go a long way in treating the pains and preventing further damage.