Low back pain or lumbago
Lumbago refers to any pain felt in the lower back, at the level of the five lumbar vertebrae. It is estimated that 80% of the population will suffer of lumbago during their lives, but usually without any complications. This is why there is a medical scale on which lumbago is rated.
Acute lumbago is a pain that lasts at most 4 weeks. It can cause significant discomfort, up to warranting an incapacity to work. This type of lumbago sometimes goes away by itself, but it is advised to consult a specialist in order to benefit from the appropriate short term treatment and long term reeducation. Furthermore, a specialist can verify that there are no underlying causes to the pain, requiring specialized care.
Another category of pain is subacute – this lasts between 4 weeks and 3 months. The pain can be constant or intermitent. This type of lumbago can evolve and become chronic, which is why it is essential to consult a medical professional.
Numerous conditions can cause lumbago : herniated discs, arthritis, stenosis, as well as inappropriate lifestyle habits, a torn muscle or ligament… Your back pain specialist will listen to you and help identify the correct causes. After your medical exams, he will be able to advise you on the different treatment options, whether medicine, reeducation, or surgery.