What is Lumbar Pain?

Lumbar painlumbago, or lumbar pain

Lumbar pain is also known as Lumbago or Lower Back Pain.  There can be a variety of causes for lumbar pain and the pain can originate in: –

  • The lumbar spine.
  • The spinal cord and nerves.
  • The discs between the vertebrae.
  • The ligaments around the spine and discs.
  • The muscles of the low back.
  • The internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen.
  • The skin covering the lumbar area.
  • A hernia in the groin A problem in the testicles or ovaries.
  • Pain radiating from other areas (e.g. your mid or upper back).

Lumbar pain does not necessarily need to be caused by one event. Long term problems with posture; the way you stand, sit, or lift can cause lumbar pain. Even if poor long term posture is not the cause, it can weaken the muscles leaving the lower back vulnerable to injury through any simple movement, such as reaching/stretching to lift an item, or bending down.

Lumbar pain is:

  • Acute if an episode of pain lasts less than 3 months. Most incidences of back pain are acute and disappear within 4 to 6 weeks of self treatment.
  • Recurrent if acute symptoms come back. Most people have at least one episode of recurrent low back pain.
  • Chronic if your back bothers you most of the time for longer than 3 months.

Who Is Affected by Lumbar Pain?

Both sexes, all ages.

What Are the Symptoms of Lumbar Pain?

As there are many causes for lumbar pain, there are also a variety of symptoms. Lumbar pain may: –

  • Come on gradually or suddenly.
  • Be felt at a single point or over a broad area.
  • Be dull, burning, or sharp.
  • Occur with muscle spasms or stiffness.
  • Cause sciatic nerve damage symptoms in the legs, such as pain, numbness, or tingling. These symptoms can occur with or without lumbar pain.