What Are Lumbago Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

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Do you have symptoms of lumbago? While you may not be familiar with the term lumbago, it means you have lower back pain. Dr. Hoewisch, our chiropractor at Health DC, can determine why you have low back pain. Then, he can develop a chiropractic treatment program to facilitate the healing process to help reduce your recovery time as well as your symptoms.

What Is Lumbago?

When individuals have lumbago, they often say they have pain in their lower backs. The pain may be mild, intermittent or severe. However, severe back pain doesn’t always mean a severe injury. For example, if you accidentally pull a muscle, you may experience excruciating pain, muscle spasms and an immediate difficulty in standing up straight and walking. However, muscle strains are not necessarily considered severe injuries, and they often heal on their own. Herniated discs are another injury that can cause varying degrees of pain and difficulty walking, but some individuals can have a severely herniated disc and be asymptomatic. For these reasons, a complete diagnosis has to be made before treatment can begin.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Lumbago?

woman having back painLumbago symptoms vary but can include a dull or aching pain in the lower back that may become sharp or severe, depending on activity levels and types of activities. The pain may even radiate into the legs. Our chiropractor starts by evaluating your symptoms as part of the examination and diagnostic process, which means you will be asked to describe the pain in detail and if anything makes it worse or better.

Typical causes of lumbago include having a herniated disc, nerve compression, spinal stenosis, a lower back sprain or strain. Diagnostic tests, like MRIs and digital x-rays, are often used to view the injured areas of your back in order to see damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and vertebrae.

What Are Your Options for Lumbago Treatment in Santa Clara?

Lumbago treatment in Santa Clara will primarily depend on the causes of your lower back pain. Our chiropractor may recommend ice and/or heat therapy and rest during flareups and possibly a back brace to help support your lower back while it heals. Chiropractic treatments, like manual and instrument adjustments, the Gonstead technique and KST chiropractic are often recommended to help heal herniated discs, pinched nerves, and subluxations of the vertebrae. We may also refer you to an acupuncturist or a massage therapist for additional treatments.

Chiropractic Care for Chronic and Acute Lumbago

chiropractor adjusting a patients lower back and hipsChiropractic care for chronic and acute lumbago always starts with a complete evaluation. This includes describing your pain and when it increases or decreases as well as what you suspect may have caused the injury. For example, if your back pain started after a car accident or while exercising or participating in a hobby, our chiropractor wants to know those things. Next, we may recommend taking digital images of your back in order to get a clear picture of the type and severity of the injury.

Once a complete diagnosis of the causes of your back pain has been made, a treatment program is developed. Common treatments for lower back pain include Korean Specific Technique (KST) chiropractic, which is a detailed chiropractic adjustment protocol that has proven effective in treating lower back pain. This protocol involves challenging the structures of the body, checking and testing different areas of the body and making precise chiropractic adjustments to the misaligned areas.

We may also recommend the Gonstead technique, which is another type of detailed chiropractic adjustment. This adjustment is designed to help with misalignments in the spinal column, pelvis, and legs. The technique is designed to find imbalances in the areas and then apply corrections in the form of chiropractic adjustments in order to give the body better balance and ensure the range of motion and function of the spinal joints is maximized.

Reasons to Choose Health DC

Dr. Hoewisch at Health DC in Santa Clara can help you with your back pain. He offers non-invasive chiropractic care treatments that are designed to work with your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Our list of chiropractic treatments and modalities includes manual and instrument adjustments, auto and sports rehabilitation and advanced diagnostic techniques. If you are experiencing lumbago with sciatica or without, our chiropractor can locate the causes and create a custom treatment program.

To schedule an appointment for your lumbago with sciatica, call us today at (408)-985-8118. We offer consultations at no cost to you.

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