The lumbar or the back lower side area is an intricate collection of muscles, ligaments around the spine, nerves, discs and tissues. There is no specific age for lower lumbar pain. Most persons will suffer from some sort of back pain during their lifetime. The back has the important function of proving structural support, movement, and protection.
Everyone wonders what causes back pain in the first place? Listed below are some of the major culprits.
1) Lumbar Strain: A ligament, tendon or muscle is overstretched causing pain. This type of pain occurs usually from overuse, improper use or trauma/ accident.
2) Nerve Irritation: The nerves running through the lower lumbar can be irritated by mechanical impingement, disease, and inflammation caused by viral infection.
3) Bone and joint conditions: Lower lumbar pain is derived from congenital causes (from birth due to the curvature of the spine or abnormal architecture of the spine), degenerative of bone and joint due to age, injury (like a fracture) and inflammation of the joints. In extreme cases, lumber pain may occur due to a tumor.
Lower lumbar pain can either be acute or chronic. Pain lasting less than 3 months is considered acute, while pain lasting greater than 3 months is considered chronic. Lower lumbar pain treatments for acute cases are mostly self-care methods. Stay active even though you have pain and take over the counter pain medicine. Staying in bed for prolonged periods may actually worsen lower lumbar pain. If you have concerns always consult Calvanese Chiropractic, as research has shown that understanding lower lumbar pain may actually help you cope better with the pain.
One of the best chronic lower lumbar pain treatment consists of lumbar strengthening exercises. Walking is a simple, but effective exercise for the lower back. For lower lumbar pain, there are simple core stability exercises to strengthen the back muscle. Exercises like aerobics, pelvic tilt, and leg/ arm raises should become incorporated into your routine activities.
There are a number of over the counter medications that you can take, especially if the lower backache has just begun. These medications include: Tylenol and generic acetaminophen medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or Naprosyn (naproxen) Try using hot and cold packs to alternately apply heat and cold to the lower back to help relieve pain naturally.
Then, to keep the chronic discomfort from returning, you should ensure that your stomach and back muscles are in good shape and strong. To improve your back and abdominal muscles take only a few minutes per day – of the right back exercises – and the cause vs. effect benefits are completely out of proportion to the investment of time and effort.
Keeping your core muscles strong is the best way to ensure that you don’t suffer from lower back discomfort, and you can help prevent further injury by muscle stretching exercise and strengthening both your back and stomach muscles.
Without a doubt, exercise is the best preventative treatment option for lower back pain relief available.
Many people believe bed rest is the option, however, that is a common misconception. Remaining active is better to help you relieve any aches you may experience. Being active allows your muscles to loosen up and relax. You will return to full normal health much faster than through bed rest.
Staying in bed for too long can lead to sore and stiff muscles, when your muscles tighten up, it will increase the pain in your back. It can lead to more serious issues, such as weak muscles or stiff joints.
If you must rest, make sure to lie on your side and place a pillow in between your legs. You can also place a pillow beneath your knees as you lie on your back on the floor.There are a variety of treatments so, again – always call a doctor and follow his/her recommendations.
For those who have lived with acute pain for more than three months, more intensive treatment is recommended to ensure the full recovery of the back. Physical training and therapy, acupuncture, all can be combined into an effective treatment system.
Few people who experience symptoms will actually require surgery… for the most part, is handled through simple therapy, physical training, and visits to Calvanese Chiropractic.
Prevention is one of best options for treatment. Do not overstrain the lumber area with lifting heavy objects and use good posture to avoid aggravating the back muscle. If the acute lumbar pain persists you may consider trying spinal manipulation to increase the range of motion. Calvanese Chiropractic is trained to perform spinal manipulation. Other forms of treatment for chronic lumbar pain are acupuncture, therapeutic massage and in rare cases, surgery may be required. Contact us today at Calvanese Chiropractic for a free consultation.