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Lumbar Pain: All We Need To Know

About


It is a common and painful condition affecting the lower part of the spine. It is also known as Lumbago.


There are more than 10 million cases in India per year. [1]


- Not self-treatable
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging are required


Causes


Lumbar pain is usually caused by injury to a muscle or ligament.
Other causes include:
- Improper lifting
- Poor posture and nerve irritation
- Lack of proper exercise
- Fracture
- Ruptured disc or arthritis
- Lumbar radiculopathy


Most vulnerable:
- Athletes and weightlifters
- Pregnant women and osteoporosis
- People with injury and kidney infections


Symptoms


Self-diagnosable:
- Pain in the lower back
- Leg numbness, pins and needles and sensitivity to pain
- Incontinence of urine or stool and burning on urination
- Fever, chills and weight loss
- Abdominal pain, dizziness and fatigue
People may experience: Pain in hip, legs, muscles and bones
Also common: Muscle spasms


Treatment


Self-care:
Application of cold pack, avoiding re-injury and heavy lifting helps to relieve pain. Taking proper rest and maintaining a good posture are some important tips.


Medicines:
Application of ointments and balms that help in relieving pain may be prescribed by the doctor along with pain killers. Physiotherapy may also prove to be helpful.


Specialists:
For further concerns, contact a doctor or a physician. At mfine, you will receive a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.

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