It is pain, stiffness, or discomfort in the lower back area below the costal margin and above the gluteal creases.
Low back pain is also called spinal pain or lumbago.
Nonspecific low back pain is without identifiable specific causes and makes up 90-95% of all low back pain cases. It also includes pain felt in the proximal lower extremities.
Patients with low back pain may have mobility deficits caused by severe or progressive neurologic disorders or comorbidities.
Specific spinal pathology includes cauda equina syndrome, tumor, infection, ankylosing spondylitis, or inflammatory disorders.
Low back pain associated with radiculopathy or spinal stenosis is dermatomal pain with or without neurologic deficits that is most often caused by nerve root compression.
Postmenopausal women with vitamin D deficiency are at greater odds of having lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) and low back pain (LBP), with a serum vitamin D concentration of <10 ng/mL being a marker of severe LDD and LBP, as reported in a recent study.
Among older patients with chronic low back pain and depression who are treated with venlafaxine, exposure to opioids is associated with reduced likelihood of achieving early pain response but not that of attaining the combined pain/depression outcome, a study has shown.
Using diclofenac in combination with TPC (thiamine, pyridoxine and cyanocobalamin) offers superior analgesic effect than diclofenac monotherapy in the management of acute lower back pain, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.
The question of whether to exercise or not typically emerges in the setting of chronic pain, as patients fear that moving may contribute to exacerbate their condition. Yet, exercise does exert hypoalgesic effects on chronic pain conditions however variable these effects are, according to a senior physiotherapist who spoke at the Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress 2018.
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