Pain in the lower back, also known as lumbago, is a common condition that affects people of all ages. Although it is commonly known to affect elderly people, more than 80 percent of adults will experience this condition at some point in their lives and it accounts for the majority of sick days. The pain can be felt anywhere along the spine, from the hips up to the neck. Lumbago is a common musculoskeletal disorder that makes everyday activities difficult.
It is very important for you to know the basic signs and symptoms of lumbago. The signs include:
- Pain in the lumbar area of the spine. The pain often accompanied by muscle tension, lower back stiffness. In severe cases, your mobility may be compromised.
- The pain is confined to a small area (localized).
- Restricted movement of the spine, such as when you try to lean backward or bend over.