Lumbar Pain

Non-specific low back pain or lumbago (pron.: /lʌmˈbeɪɡoʊ/) is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives. In the United States it is the most common cause of job-related disability, a leading contributor to missed work, and the second most common neurological ailment — only headache is more common.[1] It can be either acute, subacute or chronic in duration. With conservative measures, the symptoms of low back pain typically show significant improvement within a few weeks from onset.

The majority of lower back pain is referred to as non specific low back pain and does not have a definitive cause.[3] It is believed to stem from benign musculoskeletal problems such as muscle or soft tissues sprain or strains.[1] This is particularly true when the pain arose suddenly during physical loading of the back, with the pain lateral to the spine. Over 99% of back pain instances fall within this category.[4] The full differential diagnosis includes many other less common conditions.



Causes & Treament

Lumbar pain can come from numerous causes, from whiplash, to disc herniations, to facet syndrome, to muscle spasm or peripheral nerve impingement. A thorough examination and detailed history is essential to differentially diagnosing what is the cause of a patient’s neck pain.

Our office treats spinal pain using a comprehensive approach, which can include Active Release Techniques, Graston, spinal decompression therapy, spinal manipulation, combined with home stretching and ultimately core stabilization exercises.

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