Low back pain or lumbago

Lumbago is an umbrella term for low back pain which can be caused by a variety of reasons. Low back pain affects many people at some point during their lives and it is a frequently cited cause for missed work. Because the causes for lower back pain vary, it is important to see a doctor if you have any type of back pain to ensure that the cause is properly diagnosed so that you get the right treatment. Strain is a common cause of lower back pain; a common cause of strain is an activity like heavy lifting without proper support. Lumbago can also be caused by arthritis, osteoporosis, scoliosis, tumors and herniated discs, among other things. There are an assortment of nonsurgical treatments for lumbago, including exercise and gentle stretches of the back, anti-inflammatories and painkillers to ease the swelling and pain associated with the condition, and the use of antidepressants to treat the mental discomfort which sometimes accompanies back pain. Some docs also recommend spinal manipulation and massage, along with treatments like acupuncture. Hot or cold compresses can sometimes help as well. In some cases, surgery may be an option.