Who gets low back pain or lumbago?

Back pain affects nearly everyone at some point in life. Back pain can be sudden (lumbago) or insidious. Usually, the pain occurs in the lower back, ie lumbar spine. In isolated low back pain or lumbago is often no pain radiating below the knee and no loss of sensation.

What causes back pain or lumbago?

On the whole, back pain or lumbago, can be given two main reasons: 1. Non-specific or functional 2. Specific or structural. The literature tells us that indicate that 90-95% of backache and lumbago is due to nonspecific or functional reasons. Only 5-10% of cases the pain is due to specific diseases.

Functional causes of pain can arise from an imbalance or misalignment because you have moved carelessly, lifting heavy or strained back. Insufficient movement can also contribute to back pain

What can I do myself?

Back pain affects nearly everyone at some point in life. Back pain can be sudden (lumbago) or insidious. Usually, the pain occurs in the lower back, ie lumbar spine. In isolated low back pain or lumbago is often no pain radiating below the knee and no loss of sensation.

What health care can I get?

Normally, the process is benign and do not last longer than a few weeks. X-ray or other medical investigation is therefore usually not needed during the acute phase. Sometimes you may need painkillers in the beginning to get going.

In case of severe symptoms, you may have contact with a physician for diagnosis and treatment. A doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath with the right training can help you to treat the functional causes of the pain. With physical (eg. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, TENS) and manual therapy (eg. Chiropractic), a well-trained therapist can help you.

Chiropractic, correctly performed, treats overloading of joints with soft manipulation and mobilization. Mobility increases in the rigid area of the back, and reduces the pain, and the correct posture recovers faster than without any treatment.

Where can I find a well-trained therapist?

It is imporatant to find a therapist who is specially trained to identify the causes of the back pain, knows how to investigate the back in a systematic way, and who knows the specific treatment methods.