First and foremost, what does lumbago mean and what is it exactly? Have you ever heard of that term before? Because I certainly have not… but upon doing my research, I found that it is actually a common problem. Also, what role does chiropractic care have in the treatment of the condition? Is it the standard of care or just an alternative? Here we try to answer these questions.
The term lumbago is essentially Latin in origin. Physicians use it to describe pain stemming from the low back. Specifically, the term means axial back pain or pain that remains in the spine and doesn’t radiate down the legs. The pain can be acute or chronic and affects young and old people. The term lumbago, however, has been replaced with accurate diagnostic terms in recent years.
What Causes It?
There are many causes of low back pain or lumbago. Some of the most common causes known to medical literature include:
- Herniated Disc which is sometimes called a slipped disc
- Spondylosis or Spinal Arthritis
- Spinal fractures
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Tumor
In some cases, lower back pain may have nothing to do with the musculoskeletal system at all. Some patients experience low back pain too when they have kidney stones and urinary tract infection. If, however, you’ve had a nagging lower back pain for months now, it may be lumbago.
The Role of Chiropractic Care
Your doctor can help you find solutions to control low back pain and prevent future episodes of lumbago. We suggest seeing your primary care physician first then he or she can suggest a variety of treatment plans thereafter. These include chiropractic care, medications, physical therapy, and multidisciplinary therapies including spinal injections and alternative medicine. Is chiropractic effective though? Yes there has been studies that do show improvement in back pain. So do ask about chiropractic and wether you are a good candidate or not.