What is lumbago?

//What is lumbago?

What is lumbago?

A client heard the word “lumbago” used by a family member when they mentioned their back pain and asked me what it was. The phrase lumbago can be explained as “you’ve got a sore back and I don’t exactly know why, except that it’s not terribly serious’. Lumbago simply means pain in the lumbar region of your back. This ‘diagnosis’ tells you nothing you don’t already know!

It can be caused from constant heavily lifting because of your job, weak stomach muscles and/or bad posture and will be a constant ache or a stiff back (particular after getting out of bed) – the pain will never go any further than your lower back. If you are experiencing pain that radiates down to your thighs it could be sciatica.

You can focus on helping yourself overcome back pain by moving about and of course by engaging in regular exercise that will help you improve your posture and strengthen your muscles.

Take your lumbago for a walk this weekend, get out of the chair and move around. Do what you can to help yourself and of course if the pain gets worse or you think you need professional support you can arrange to see one of our osteopaths. You can call us on 0131 221 1415 or you can complete our enquiry form and someone will call you back.

Don’t let your lumbago lead on to something more serious because you ignore it. Take it as an early warning sign that your back needs help and that it needs to be strengthened.

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About the Author:

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently working on a new book. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.

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