Lumbago- also known as lower back pain is one of the most common complaints I receive from clients who are interested in training but are fearful as they feel that their back has kept them from their goals. Often, a back injury or irritation can take some time to rehab back to health and in some cases require more aggressive intervention- however that does not mean you should avoid keeping fit and active; in contrary, remaining stagnant is probably the best way to accelerate weakness and degeneration to and injury or wear and tear in the Lower back. But first lets talk anatomy- our lower backs are comprised of a complex network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs and tendons- ANY of which could be causing you your pain; in the majority of cases the culprits tend to be one or more of the following:
* A degenerative disc from wear and tear (degenerative disc disease), or even a bulging disc due to improper lifting or a sudden trauma to the back for example (Herniated Disc).
* Irritation of large root nerves that lead to the legs (Sciatica) - often this type of pain is felt more intensely in the buttock/leg region more than the actual lower back itself. Other times pain can be simply from irritation of the smaller nerves in the lower back.
* Strained supporting muscles of the back caused by repetitive improper lifting or even poor posture (erector spinae)
* Damage to joints, ligaments or bones (Stenosis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis)
Symptoms of lower back pains can as a result vary depending on the cause- for example pain from a muscle strain can be excruciating and temporarily debilitating, while pain from a degenerative disc can be mild and intermittent- it is hard to tell either way however as symptoms vary individually to each person; the best way to receive a proper diagnosis is to see a physiotherapist, Orthopedist or Neurologist who will likely refer you for an X-ray and/or MRI to get a better look and understanding of what is happening.
In the majority of cases, lower back pain cases often improve within 6 weeks without the need for surgery, in most of those cases rehabilitation and lower back exercises as well as general and core exercises are included, although depending on severity and the patients pain levels sometimes more aggressive intervention is required such as medication, epidural, steroid treatments and lastly surgery (both invasive & minimally invasive, although this is quite rare and is only done when all other alternatives have been exhausted).
While the science jargon may sound daunting; it is important to understand that lower back pain is NOT a prison sentence to your activity and exercise regime; if you are currently in the acute stage of an injury it is of course advisable to take it easy at first but once you get the green light it is imperative to your prognosis to begin with a physio/rehab programme with a professional in order to irradicate the flaw in biomechanics/form/weakness etc that lead to your injury to begin with- you WILL get stronger and life with LBP WILL get BETTER.
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