Lumbago is the Latin term for “lower back pain”. Lumbago is an extremely common medical condition, affecting millions of people every year. In fact, at some point in their lives, Lumbago affects 80% of adults.
Some patients describe a dull, sharp, or even aching pain. Most often, the pain is minimal and can go away within a few days. Occasionally, lower back pain can be the result of a sports injury or trauma. In more chronic cases, Lumbago may be the result of a more serious medical condition.
What are the symptons associated with Lumbago?
Patients who experience Lumbago in the Lone Star State, often describe symptoms which include but are not limited to:
- Soreness to touch
- Muscle spasms
- Pain that radiates down the leg
- Difficulty sitting and walking
Although lumbago is extremely common, physicians note how important an exam from a reputable back or pain specialist is in identifying the proper causes of your lower back pain. Commonly, imaging and MRI are utilized to determine the cause of the lower back pain in case the pain may be a symptom of a larger issue.
What are the causes of Lumbago?
Diagnosing the source of your lower back pain is critical to determining the proper course of care. In general, the overall cause of Lumbago can be difficult to determine because lower back pain can be caused by several factors. Additionally, lumbago can be the result of a hip or pelvic condition. Fortunately, with specialists of every orthopedic part of the body, AOA can assess your situation and insure you are seeing the proper specialist for your condition.
For acute cases of Lumbago, the most common reasons are the over use of the lower back, predominantly from lifting heavy loads.
Additional causes of Lumbago include but are not limited to:
- Herniated disc
- Compression of spinal nerves – Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal tumors (benign or malignant)
- Facet Joint Dysfunction – Diagnosed with a Medial Branch Block
How is Lumbago treated?
Having Lumbago can be debilitating and extremely frustrating. Luckily, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro, AOA Orthopedic Specialists has extensive experience treating this condition. Through a myriad of medical modalities, both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists (PM&R) and Orthopedic Spine Surgeons, our providers will utilize nonoperative and conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, or steroid injections. Or if necessary, surgical interventions to relieve your pain.