Spine Conditions – Lumbago

Lumbago is the medical term given to the condition wherein the muscles in the lumbar region become weak and lose its elasticity. In general, the condition is caused by any problem related to the spinal nerve. Usually, this condition is caused by an injury that has occurred at the lumbar region, such as back injury, a broken bone, or spinal stenosis. However, in some cases, it may also occur due to other factors, such as degenerative diseases or spinal tumors.

Causes of Lumbago

So, how do you know what causes lumbago? First, let us look at the causes of lumbago. Lumbago basically refers to a certain condition resulting from pain or weakness in the lower back part. In many cases, the condition can be very serious and can last for several weeks or even years. This kind of condition can result to the difficulty of getting around your home or work, constant pain, lack of control on the upper body, neck, or head and sometimes even vomiting.

When you are suffering from lumbago, there will always be pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected area. You may also experience fatigue, loss of sexual drive, difficulty in walking and performing simple tasks, difficulty in bending and lifting, nausea and vomiting, and even bowel movements. There may also be swelling, bruising, redness and soreness in the affected area.

Treatments for Lumbago

Now the question is, how can you treat it effectively? The medical term given for this condition is intervertebral disk disease. In fact, if left untreated, it can progress into more serious conditions, like lumbosacral degeneration and/or meningitis.

Intervertebral disk disease is a form of degenerative disc disease and occurs when there is a hardening (hardening of) the intervertebral disk lining. This hardening usually results from trauma or inflammation. Other causes include tumors, infection, ankylosing spondylitis, degeneration and a variety of spinal stenosis.

For example, in most cases, the doctor may recommend the use of interferon therapy or surgery for treating lumbalgia. Some patients may also need a combination of medication and physical therapy for alleviating lumbalgia.

Physical Therapy for Lumbago

With the use of physical therapy, a series of exercises are carried out to strengthen the affected areas of the lumbar region and gradually return the normal function to the affected areas. In addition, some doctors will also prescribe the use of anti-inflammatory medication or use of a support pillow to provide the patient with better support while walking or doing other simple activities.

The best way to treat lumbago and improve its symptoms is to first know what causes it. Once you know what causes the condition, you can then identify which type of treatment will be best suited for the particular case. After that, you can seek out the correct diagnosis.

Other Treatments

Another option is to consult with a medical practitioner. While he or she is able to give the correct diagnosis, your doctor may be able to provide the appropriate treatment to address the problem. This may include surgical intervention, non-surgical or herbal remedies. or, in some cases, physiotherapy.

In addition to this, it is important that you find out all you can about lumbago causes. This includes knowing about the causes, what triggers it, how long the condition has been going on, and any underlying conditions you may have such as ankylosing spondylitis or arthritis. This will help you determine whether the condition is related to those conditions, or whether you will need treatment to alleviate the condition.

While you can’t avoid getting lumbago, there are things you can do to minimize the chance that it will occur. For example, drink plenty of fluids, do not lift heavy objects, walk for at least 30 minutes each day and keep your back straight. If you need to be lifting anything heavy, keep the weight on low and allow a good amount of space for your back to stretch.

Talk to a specialized minimally invasive neurosurgeon at MINT today to know more about how you can treat lumbago with the help of advanced medical technologies!