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Lumbago is a condition involving pain in the lower back. Sometimes lumbago is mentioned together with sciatica and some confusion may arise. Lumbago and sciatica are two different conditions, where the pain of lumbago is in and around the lumbar spine while sciatica leads to radiating pain down the legs. The term lumbago sciatica is used in professional language and refers to what is commonly referred to as sciatica.

A more familiar term for lumbago is back pain. The pain can occur after heavy lifting and usually occurs in the morning. There are many causes, but lumbago is rarely due to injury or illness. It is common for the pain to increase on one side. Anyone can be affected, and the symptoms can be both recurrent and acute, long-lasting or resolving after a short period of time.

When investigating the problem of lumbago, the nature of any tissue damage, the physical capacity of the sufferer and their life situation are checked. Low back pain can be caused by a spinal injury or other causes such as a herniated disc or pain from a disc, mechanical locking, too much static work or fatigue and stiffness. Lumbago can arise from different parts of the back, such as muscles, ligaments, discs or joints between vertebrae. The cause of the pain determines the nature of the treatment.

Treatment for lumbago can vary and depends mainly on the cause. In order to prevent pain, care should be taken to warm up before physically demanding work and make sure to lift with the right technique to protect the back. If the accident has already happened and pain has occurred, you can either rest or, if the pain is severe and persistent, seek medical attention. You can also use various supports for your back, such as back supports or posture vests, for both prevention and treatment.

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