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Low Back (Lumbar) Pain


It can happen at any time, and is the second most common reason people see a primary care doctor. It affects more than 80 percent of all adults. And it can be acute or chronic. “It” is low back, or lumbar, pain. Find out what the triggers and treatments are.

Causes & Triggers

  • Arthritis
  • Fragility fracture caused by osteoporosis or cancer treatments
  • Herniated disc
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Kyphosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tight or tense muscles

Signs & Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Inability or limited ability to move
  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

  • Treatment may include temporary rest, applying hot or cold packs, stretching, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, exercise and/or complementary therapies, such as massage, spinal manipulation or acupuncture.
  • Because low back pain symptoms can mimic other conditions, seek the medical opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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