There are many ways to treat lower back pain and other types of spinal chord conditions – you may need to go for some Kiropraktik or chiropractic sessions to help with the relief of tension and pain.
Spinal Stenosis is a condition where for a variety of reasons the spinal canal becomes more narrow. This narrowing can put additional pressure and compression on the spinal cord and can cause a pinching of the nerve roots. If the narrowing is in the lower part of spinal cord it is referred to as lumbar spinal stenosis and if the narrowing is in the upper part of the spinal cord then it is referred to as cervical spinal stenosis. While stenosis can also occur in the thoracic or upper back region, the lumbar and cervical areas are the most common.
Some doctors will use the term “lumbago” when the cause of the lower back pain is not known. The term itself is not used descriptively: the pain in the lumbar region can be either constant or occasional, acute or chronic, mild to severe, sharp to dull, and it can sometimes radiate into other areas, most notably your legs and buttocks. Stiffness and general discomfort in your lower back can be called “lumbago” as well.
It is said that in only about thirty percent of cases the cause of pain in the lumbar area can be pinpointed. But when the cause of lumbago is diagnosed, it is most often – muscle sprain. Keep in mind that weak back and stomach muscles can also contribute to back pain.
It is not rare for lumbago to be caused or worsened by a pressed or compressed nerve – a condition some would call a pinched nerve. Lumbar pain can also be the result of “wear and tear”. This is referred to as rheumatism and often occurs in older people.
The Sciatic Nerve and Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the “sciatic nerve.” Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin.
To be more precise, it should be broken down into axial back pain – in other words pain that remains in the spine and doesn’t radiate down the legs – or radicular pain – which most people refer to as “sciatica” – but “lumbago” is a general term denoting low back pain.
Sciatica Nerve Pain Symptoms
Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing (versus a dull ache)
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
- Pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it rarely occurs only in the foot)