Lower Backache

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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Lower backache (also known as lumbago) most commonly affects the young and the old, often leaving out the middle generations. Lumbago can be caused by diagnosable medical conditions, such as scoliosis, calcium osteoporosis, or slipped discs. It can also be caused by things less easily identifiable, such as improper lifting technique or weak muscles in the stomach.

If you experience lower backache, you'll feel pain that limits the bending radius of your spine and worsens when you move. If a nerve in the spinal column is pinched, back pain could be accompanied by a tingling sensation in the legs or back, not unlike the sensation felt by people with acute restless leg syndrome. These symptoms can be alleviated by aspirin, ibuprofin, or muscle relaxers.

Treating Lower Backache

Lumbago is best treated with periods of decreased activity. By no means should you remain completely inactive while suffering a bout of back pain; an active lifestyle will keep your bones and muscles in their best shape and help them recover more quickly. However, when occasional or chronic lumbago strikes, avoid lifting, crouching, and bending.

In addition to avoiding activities that will strain your lumbar region, keep the affected area warm. Hot patches or rags soaked in hot water will help tight muscles relax, lessening the pain. Brief soaks in hot baths or jacuzzis can give you the same relief.

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