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Lumbago: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

How is the treatment done?

If you are facing pain in the lower region of your back then this condition is commonly referred to as Lumbago. This pain causes a certain amount of discomfort while performing your day to day activities. This kind of back pain can be severe or sudden. If your back pain lasts for more than three months then it can be chronic nature. Most people suffer this kind of condition and this is most common to people who are aged. There are no exact causes of lumbago but the common causes are aging, injury, over work etc. If you have lumbago then you might experience pain in the backbone of yours and you cannot bend your back properly. Sometimes this back pain can cause you to have a stiff back and this spreads over to your head and develop headaches as well. Sometimes this pain might develop from a past injury for which you need to seek medical help to be on the safe side. Back pain is also associated with a common condition called spondylitis. If the back pain is left untreated then it can cause you to develop migraine problems as well. You can take necessary measures to prevent yourself from injuring the affected area again.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Since this condition is associated with pain and discomfort, in most cases for the course of treatment you are prescribed with painkillers and antacids. If the back pain comes back with over work or stress then you might be advised with physiotherapies that will help to relax the affected muscles and ease the pain. Certain acupunctures are also advised if you are facing chronic back pain. If the pain develops from a past injury then depending on the severity of the case sometimes surgery can be advised. Certain hot and cold stimulations are beneficial to ease the back pain that you are suffering from. Sometimes obesity can lead to back pain problems and thus your medical expert can suggest you to make some changes in your diet and also suggest a diet which is rich in Vitamin D. To determine the proper course of treatment an MRI scan of your spine may be conducted as well. Physiotherapy is a common and effective way to eliminate the problems of the lumbago condition. The physiotherapists will perform massages that will relax the muscles and apply stimulations that will help to ease the pain that you face along with certain exercises that you need to perform to keep your body in a perfect shape as obesity leads to many back pain problems.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are facing stiffness in your spine and also face pain while bending over then you are eligible for this course of treatment. You may also experience pain in the lower back area of your body while performing certain day to day activities. If the pain persists and causes you a lot of discomfort even while sleeping, standing or sitting then seeks medical attention as soon as possible.

Are there any side effects?

Certain back problems may arrive due to past injuries or accidents. If there is decay in the spinal chord then you are not eligible for this course of treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The painkillers that you are prescribed with might cause you to have some digestion and acidity problems. You should consume an antacid pill with the painkillers that you are prescribed with. Until the pain is fully eliminated you can experience a certain amount of stiffness in your back which causes discomfort.

How long does it take to recover?

You should restrict heavy day to day activities and obtain therapies to eliminate the pain in the affected area. You should also keep in touch with your medical expert to update the painkillers that you are prescribed with and consume them as advised by your medical expert.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Chronic back pain takes about six to twelve weeks to be fully cured if you follow the post treatment guidelines diligently. However the back pain might resurface due to over work or any form of unexpected injury.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The therapy sessions range around Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 15,000 depending on the services offered by your medical expert. The painkillers range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,500 depending on the severity of the condition. Other medical equipments which help to eliminate the pain range from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,500.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment are known to be permanent only of you follow the post treatment guidelines properly and obtain medical help periodically. However if the back pain resurfaces due to over work, injury etc. and if the pain comes back more severely, then seek medical help as soon as possible.

Safety: Treatment Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 300 to Rs. 3,000

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Lumbago - How Medications Can Be Of Help?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, TORT Centre, Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee
Orthopedist, Jaipur
Lumbago - How Medications Can Be Of Help?

Lumbago or Lower back pain is a condition that is characterized by mild to serious pain or uneasiness in the lower back region. Lower back pain is more prevalent among the youth whose work includes physical exertion or sitting for long hours and is also common in individuals belonging to the 'retirement age' because of their sedentary lifestyles. The pain might be acute (sudden and extreme) or chronic if it has been endured over a span of three months. 

The most common causes of lower back pain are: 

  1. Overuse of the muscles and includes strains or sprains of soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments and vertebral compression fractures. 
  2. Pressure on the roots of nerves due to conditions such as spinal canal stenosis (narrowing down of the spaces within the spine) or herniated disc (a condition of the rubbery disc present between the spine bones (vertebrae)). 
  3. Osteoarthritis is a condition wherein the shock absorbers, found in the joints, progressively break down. 

When it affects the spine, the condition causes back pain by stiffening the spinal joints. Symptoms of Lumbago (Low back pain) include: 

  1. Stiff back 
  2. Numbness in the legs 
  3. Loss of weight 
  4. Difficulty in urinating 
  5. Sciatica, which is the pain running down the lower back to hips, legs and thighs. This occurs due to a compression by an intervertebral disc in the back, which leads to a pinched nerve. 

How to diagnose lower back pain or a slip disc?

Some methods that can be utilized for diagnosing back include Xray, CT Scans, Myelogram and MRI scans. 

Treatment options available -
Exercises along with correction of bad posture for relieving back pain are a common component of any treatment plan. Factors such as type and severity of the pain as well as the patient?s history can help in determining the type of treatment that can be administered. In most cases, the recovery time is usually six weeks without surgery. Typical treatment of back pain includes use of muscle relaxants, painkillers and physiotherapy. Surgery is suggested in severe cases. Some other treatments are discussed below: 

  1. Rest: A period of rest and inactivity would help the injured tissues to recuperate and relieve back pain. However, extended periods of rest lead to weakening of muscles and hence might prolong the existing back pain. 
  2. Heat and ice packs: Both heat and ice therapies are used according to the patient's preference to reduce inflammation. 
  3. Medications: A large variety of prescription and over-the-counter medicines are available. Some reduce back pain caused by inflammation and others prevent the pain signals from travelling to the brain. Examples would include acetaminophen, celecoxib and diclofenac.

Uses of Betel leaf (Paan)

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Uses of Betel leaf (Paan)
Uses of Betel leaf (Paan):-
Why it is referred to as having religious importance too?

It's an
Aphrodisiac,

Also used for

Scanty or obstructive urination
Stomach disorders
Weakness of nerves
Headaches
Respiratory disorders
Constipation
Sore throat
Inflammation
Wounds
Lumbago
Problem of breast milk secretion
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When to See a Physio or Chiropractor or Osteopath for Back Pain?

MPT, BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
When to See a Physio or Chiropractor or Osteopath for Back Pain?

Low back pain, which affects nearly every one of us at some stage of our active adult life, is one of the most common ailments afflicting mankind. It is described in many ways, such as fibrositis,slipped disc, lumbago, arthritis in the back, rheumatism; or, when it causes pain extending into the leg, sciatica.To most people low back pain remains a mystery. It often starts without warning and for no obvious reason; it interferes with simple activities of living, moving about and getting a comfortable night's sleep; and then, just as unexpectedly, the pain subsides. When in acute pain we are usually unable to think clearly about our trouble and simply seek relief from the pain. On the other hand, as soon as we have recovered from an acute episode, most of us quickly forget our low back problems. Once we have developed recurrent low back pain, we cannot do anything else but seek assistance, time and again, to become pain free. Usually, due to a lack of knowledge and understanding, we are unable to deal with present symptoms ourselves and until now have had no way of preventing future low back pain.

  • Of course, you can can call on people with particular skills-----doctors, physiotherapists or chiropractors-for treatment, but in the end only you can really help yourself. Self treatment of low back pain is now widely accepted; it will be more!: effective in the long-term management of your low back problems than any other form of treatment.
  • If you have developed low back pain for the first time, you should consult a health care professional such as your family doctor, a specialist physiotherapist or chiropractor. You should also seek advice if there are complications to your low back pain: for example,if you have constant pain which is referred into your leg all the way to your foot; if you have numbness or weak muscles; if, in addition to the back pain, you feel unwell. All these circumstances indicate the need to consult a health professional.
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Ayurvedic Treatment of Sciatica

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment of Sciatica

Gridhrasi is what Sciatica is known as in Ayurveda. It is the disorder that causes mild to agonizing pain in the sciatic nerve or neuralgia. These nerves, emerging from the pelvis, run along the hamstring and may cause intense pain in one or both the legs when a person suffers from Sciatica. Sciatic pains fill your life with misery as the simplest of daily activities cause sudden and excruciating pain. There are two types of sciatica i.e. true sciatica and pseudo sciatica. Sciatica may be caused due to bulging disc or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy or trauma etc. 

According to Ayurveda, Sciatica is caused due to impairment in Vata i.e. the dosha responsible for the functional ability and movement of the body and also in some cases due to impairment in the Kapha i.e. the dosha that is responsible for body fluids and lubrication.

Ayurvedic herbs that improve the symptoms of Sciatica are:

  1. Babunah is also known as Bitter Chamomile. Not only is it used to relieve and reduce the pain faced by a sciatica patient, but it is also used for treating problems such as rheumatism due to the advancement of age. Compressed bitter chamomile flowers are prescribed for sciatica.
  2. Guggul is also known as Indian Bdellium. Since guggulu is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it relaxes the sciatic nerves.
  3. Rasna is also known as Vanda Orchid. Intense or agonizing pain due to the sciatic nerve issues can be reduced by this ayurvedic herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 
  4. Juniper oil is extremely helpful when massaged onto the thigh muscles with firm strokes or pressure. It is used extensively in massage therapy for treating sciatica since the extent of reduction in sciatic nerve pain is tremendous. 
  5. Jaiphal is also known as Nutmeg. After being mixed with sesame seeds oil, nutmeg is coarsely powdered and then fried till it turns brown. This is then applied to those areas where the sciatic pain is intense for instant relief.
  6. Kumari is also known as Indian Aloe. Properties of Indian Aloe are extremely helpful in treating lower back ailments such as sciatica and lumbago.
  7. Shallaki is also known as Boswellia or Frankincense. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, shallaki is applied externally to get relief from sciatic nerve pain. 

Ayurvedic preparations such as yogaraja guggulu, Vataganjakusha, Saindhavadi taila are also very useful in treating Sciatica.

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Sciatica - Ayurvedic Remedies for it!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda,
Sciatica - Ayurvedic Remedies for it!

Gridhrasi is what Sciatica is known as in Ayurveda. It is the disorder that causes mild to agonizing pain in the sciatic nerve or neuralgia. These nerves, emerging from the pelvis, run along the hamstring and may cause intense pain in one or both the legs when a person suffers from Sciatica. Sciatic pains fill your life with misery as the simplest of daily activities cause sudden and excruciating pain. There are two types of sciatica i.e. true sciatica and pseudo sciatica. Sciatica may be caused due to bulging disc or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy or trauma etc. 

According to Ayurveda, Sciatica is caused due to impairment in Vata i.e. the dosha responsible for the functional ability and movement of the body and also in some cases due to impairment in the Kapha i.e. the dosha that is responsible for body fluids and lubrication.

Ayurvedic herbs that improve the symptoms of Sciatica are:

  1. Babunah is also known as Bitter Chamomile. Not only is it used to relieve and reduce the pain faced by a sciatica patient, but it is also used for treating problems such as rheumatism due to the advancement of age. Compressed bitter chamomile flowers are prescribed for sciatica.
  2. Guggul is also known as Indian Bdellium. Since guggulu is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it relaxes the sciatic nerves.
  3. Rasna is also known as Vanda Orchid. Intense or agonizing pain due to the sciatic nerve issues can be reduced by this ayurvedic herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 
  4. Juniper oil is extremely helpful when massaged onto the thigh muscles with firm strokes or pressure. It is used extensively in massage therapy for treating sciatica since the extent of reduction in sciatic nerve pain is tremendous. 
  5. Jaiphal is also known as Nutmeg. After being mixed with sesame seeds oil, nutmeg is coarsely powdered and then fried till it turns brown. This is then applied to those areas where the sciatic pain is intense for instant relief.
  6. Kumari is also known as Indian Aloe. Properties of Indian Aloe are extremely helpful in treating lower back ailments such as sciatica and lumbago.
  7. Shallaki is also known as Boswellia or Frankincense. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, shallaki is applied externally to get relief from sciatic nerve pain. 

Ayurvedic preparations such as yogaraja guggulu, Vataganjakusha, Saindhavadi taila are also very useful in treating Sciatica. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hpw to get operated or have injections for chronic lumber spondylytis or lumbago or frozen shoulder.

M.S. -ORTHO, Fellowship In hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
Orthopedist, Surat
First try injection and if not relief by injection then go for operation for lumbar spondylosis, for frozen shoulder please try injection and physiotherapy not operation for it.

I am a 55 years old married person suffered by Muscular and joints pain, fatigue, lumbago, erectile dysfunctions, Itching, Burning in Skin, recurring kidney stones and rapid hair falling. Can you please suggest the safe & effective solutions can prevent, manage & cure without any harmful side effects.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Yes there are systemic phases of treatment in ayurveda which have to be followed for sometime for addressing vitiation of different humors. If you abide by the food and lifestyle protocols directed, you will start getting reversal of diseases sooner than later.
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It's been 35 days from hip dhs surgery and now from yesterday I am not able to sleep as my back spine hurts from top to buttocks bone and pain is very severe, pain gets more if I sleep in soft surface like bed, can it be lumbago or sciatica or is it just happening due to physiotherapy .spine pain is like current shocks pulling pain.

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Pune
Hello sir it's due to inflammation and its called sacroillitis, so you have to consult with a good Psychetrist there you take ultrasound and ift together also do pelwic floor and core stability exercises you will get rid in few days. For more information feel free to contact me privately. Thanks and regards.
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Suffering from back pain for past one month. Also sometimes body is not flexible. Stiffens in the neck. This problems started when I started driving my car a lot.

B.Sc, DBMS, BHMS, PGDCR, PGDHM
Homeopath, Kolkata
Dear you may be suffering from cervical spondylitis and lumbago so you are feeling very pain at your back you need some exercise with homeopathic medicine. You will be fit very soon!

I am suffering from leg cramps, specially left leg. Would be grateful for your prescription in this regard.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician,
Vitamin D and calcium may be required at this age. Also Vitamiin E L Carnithine vitamins with coenzyme Q 10 may help. Diabetis,addiction and lumbago Sciata should be ruled out.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice