A sensation of discomfort emanating from the lower back

Symptoms of Lumbago

The following features are indicative of Lumbago:
  • burning sensation
  • weakness
  • pain in the leg
  • hip pain
  • tenderness
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • tingling
  • back joint dysfunction
  • muscle spasms

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Common Causes of Lumbago

The following are the most common causes of Lumbago:
  • muscle strains
  • muscle spasm
  • muscle imbalances
  • disk breakdown
  • broken vertebra
  • tumour of the spine

Other Causes of Lumbago

The following are the less common causes of Lumbago:
  • spinal disc herniation
  • degenerative disc disease
  • spondylolisthesis
  • kidney stones
  • inflammatory disease
  • stress

Risk Factors for Lumbago

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Lumbago:
  • smoking
  • weight gain during pregnancy
  • overweight
  • heredity
  • poor physical fitness
  • poor sleeping position

Prevention of Lumbago

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Lumbago. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exercise
  • maintain healthy body weight
  • limit heavy lifting
  • lose weight
  • quit smoking

Occurrence of Lumbago

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Lumbago cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Lumbago can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Lumbago can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Lumbago

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Lumbago:
  • X-ray: To view the alignment of the bones
  • Magnetic resonance imaging: To generate images that may reveal herniated disks
  • Blood tests: To determine whether you have an infection or other condition
  • Bone scan: To diagnose the bone tumors or compression fractures
  • Electromyography: To calculate the electrical impulses produced by the nerves and the responses of the muscles

Doctor for Diagnosis of Lumbago

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Lumbago:
  • Physical therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Acupuncturist
  • Orthopedician
  • Rheumatologist

Complications of Lumbago if untreated

Yes, Lumbago causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Lumbago is left untreated:
  • permanent neurological damage

Procedures for Treatment of Lumbago

The following procedures are used to treat Lumbago:
  • Surgery: To treat the back pain and lowers the pain

Self-care for Lumbago

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Lumbago:
  • Exercises: Strengthen the back and abdominal muscles and improves the posture
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Prevents back pain
  • Avoid heavy lifting: Helps in preventing back pain
  • Eating a healthy diet: Lessens the back pain
  • Yoga: To relieve muscle tension and chronic pain

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Lumbago

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Lumbago:
  • Massage: Ease the symptoms of back pain
  • Acupuncture: Relieves pain and restore health
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: To know the underlying causes of back pain
  • Acupressure: Relieves the pain
  • Behavioral therapy: Reduce negative thinking and behaviour

Patient Support for Treatment of Lumbago

The following actions may help Lumbago patients:
  • Education: Emphasizes the importance of staying active and reduces the stress and worry

Time for Treatment of Lumbago

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Lumbago to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Lumbago.

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