Everyone feels lower back pain once in a while. Perhaps you had to carry something heavy or twisted in a strange way, resulting in a sprain. This pain generally goes away after a few days with the help of an ice pack and pain medication, but what happens if it doesn’t? Persistent lower back pain is not something to ignore – it may be indicative of a more serious problem.
Mild to severe lower back pain is also called “lumbago,” and it can be difficult to manage and treat. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced professional like the ones at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV, you may be able to identify the root of your pain and find ways to ease it, so you can get back to your everyday life.
What exactly is lumbago?
Having a healthy lower back is important for your health – not only does the lower back help support your entire torso, it is also instrumental in free movement. However, there are a lot of bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues in and around your lumbar spine (lower back) that can get injured and cause pain.
The term “lumbago” covers a broad spectrum of pain, including chronic and acute pain, as well as who it affects, from young to senior patients. People who work very physical jobs and the elderly are at higher risk of lumbago because of the added pressure on their backs.
Lumbago may manifest in a few different symptoms, the most obvious being pain in the lower back. Your pain may also radiate to other areas, including the buttocks, groin, and legs, as well as produce tingling sensations in these areas. Your pain may last for just a short while, or be considered chronic, lasting longer than three months. It may also limit your movement, affect your posture or cause stiffness.
A few different types of lumbago exist. These categories and their symptoms help doctors understand what exactly is causing the pain.
- Axial: Axial pain does not radiate to the surrounding limbs but stays central to the lower back. This type of pain is the most common form of lumbago.
- Radicular: Radicular pain is lower back pain that often radiates down to the legs and feet. It’s normally caused by compression or injury of the nerve root (which is also known as sciatica).
- Referred: Referred pain is the least common type of lumbago. It is back pain that moves and radiates from the back to other areas of the body like the groin or limbs; however, the pain you feel is due to your brain’s inability to pinpoint the source of the pain. Pain may actually stem from an injury to any of the surrounding areas you feel pain in.
Diagnosing and treating lumbago
The main way to best treat your lumbago is to identify and address the cause of the pain, not the symptom of pain itself. Visiting a chiropractor can allow you to work with a professional to get to the bottom of your back pain.
Unfortunately, reaching a diagnosis can be challenging because of the wide number of potential causes of lumbago, which range from herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis to scoliosis or even a spinal tumor.
In order to diagnose the cause of your lumbago, your chiropractor will need to know a few important things. Namely, what type of pain you’re feeling in your lower back – shooting, dull, aching, etc. – and when the pain occurs. Additionally, they’ll need to know where the pain is felt – is it concentrated in the lower back, or does it extend elsewhere? Giving your chiropractor as much information about your pain as possible may help you reach a solution faster.
Once a specific cause is diagnosed, your chiropractor may be able to ease or eliminate your pain by implementing a care regimen. Chiropractic manipulations may help or even rectify the underlying cause of your pain, especially if it lies in the spine. Your chiropractor may also walk you through gentle exercises and stretches to strengthen your back.
If you or someone you know if suffering from persistent lower back pain and not seeing much relief, contact Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV. Our experts use a practice called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to holistically examine each patient and work to identify the underlying cause of their symptoms.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.