What is Lumbago and How is it Treated?

what is lumbagoYou may have been diagnosed with lumbago you either by your doctor or even after watching a video online. So, what is Lumbago? Lumbago is a common English term used to describe pain in people who have back-pain and sciatica. This back-pain or lumbago often associated with sciatica is usually caused by injury to the nerves, discs in the spine can be acute or chronic and affect millions of Americans. Lumbago is essentially just a generally nonspecific name for low back pain.

acute lumbago

Acute Lumbago

Acute lumbago or back-pain is generally caused by an injury to the discs of the spine particularly the outer ring layer known as the nucleus pulposus or the bulging of the disc back into the nerves that exit to become the sciatic nerves. This is the typical cause of sciatica and acute lumbago. This is sort of lumbago or back-pain is severe and lasts several days to a few weeks.

Chronic Lumbago

This term is used to describe lumbago that has been present for longer than 3 months.  Generally, back-pain that lasts this long is from chronic injury and re-injury of the lumbar discs or the discs’ interaction with the nerves as they exit the spine.

Other causes include:

  • Facet syndrome
  • Cluneal nerve derived pain
  • Fascial, ligament, and muscle dysfunction
  • Core muscular coordination dysfunction or poor spinal endurance
patient has lumbago with sciatica

Treatment of Lumbago

Dr.Dean can successfully treat and eliminate pain in both acute and chronic lumbago using an approach that includes spine sparing movement strategies, nerve decompression exercises, and manual work to reverse abnormal fascial tension causing strain on the nerves.


YOU should be able to move the way you’d like to move without experiencing pain. YOU should be able to experience freedom and energy knowing there’s nothing holding back from giving your life 110%. Dr. Dean would like to learn more about your challenges with a quick phone or email before beginning treatment. Contact him today.