Low Back Pain (Lumbago)
What is Low Back Pain (Lumbago)?
Low back pain is a common medical condition that must have experienced by many people at some point of time. Lumbago means having mild to severe low back pain. The lumbar spine is the body structure that interconnects ligaments, nerves, muscles and bones in order to provide flexibility as well as support to the entire body. After a precise diagnosis of the cause of Lumbago, the treatment options can be chosen based on the patient’s medical history.
Symptoms of Lumbago
Low back pain or Lumbago can show a number of symptoms. There are times when the low back pain can occur suddenly. It can start slowly and can get worse if not treated on time. Some of the symptoms that can be experienced by the patient are mentioned below:
What are the causes of Lumbago?
Treatment of Lumbago
Medical treatment: Based on the patient’s conditions, the treatment can be prescribed. The doctor will first analyze and determine the appropriate dosage of the medicine to the patients. Medications that can be provided to the patients are muscle relaxants and corticosteroid injections. Steroids are also advised to the patients to reduce inflammation. For pain relief, narcotic drugs are given. Apart from this, physical therapy can also be recommended depending on the status of the pain.
Surgery: For some serious cases, surgeries are recommended if medication fails. A foraminotomy can be done to open up the foramen which is a bony hole in the spinal canal. A discectomy can also be suggested in order to relieve the pressure from a nerve root pressed on by bone spur or a bulging disc. After this, the surgeon will remove a small piece of the lamina which is the bony part of the spinal canal.