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Lumbago Backache Slip Disc Homeopathic treatment



Are you the type who has difficulty in getting up from a seat due to pain and stiffness in the back?.Having difficulty in turning sides in bed due to pain in the back? you could be suffering from Lumbago...What is lumbago/back ache:-Our spine comprises of mainly the bones (vertebrae), the disks and the spinal cord .Bones (vertebrae) are stacked one on top of each other to form the backbone. Through these vertebrae passes the spinal cord .Discs are a kind of cushions that are positioned between two vertebrae. They act as shock absorber in the spine. These disks are round and flat in shape and are made up of tough outer covering which surrounds a jelly like material called nucleus.As the discs wear out, their outer covering becomes more prone to getting torn. It is when the outer covering of the discs that get torn and the nucleus moves out to irritate the nerve passing by, that the pain occurs. The pain can occur in back, hips or even legs. In severe cases relentless pain can occur even with simple movements causing one to lie down in one position for hours and days at a time. pain can sometimes radiate down the legs and this is called sciatica. Although the slipped disk can occur anywhere in the backbone, the lumbar (lower back area) is more prone for this kind of disk.

Lumbago? Is Backache, Low Back Pain and Lumbago same thing:-In today's scenario almost 80 percent of adults are affected by back pain at some point in their lives. Almost every family has one or more people suffered with this some time or the other. Lumbago is defined as mild to severe pain or discomfort in the area of the lower back. Weak muscles in the Back & Stomach increase the risk of Backaches . A variety of problems in the muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, or an underlying organ, such as the kidney, may also cause backaches. The pain can be Acute (sudden and severe) or Chronic if it has lasted more than three months. Lumbago often occurs in younger people whose work involves physical effort though is not uncommon in elder people of retirement age also. Lumbago is a term for muscle pain in the lower back, near the pelvis & affected region with pain is Lumbo -Sacral region of spine hence it is termed as Lumbago.

Why is back pain so common

The curvature of the normal spine is such that, the bony column is weakest at two points. The Lumbago,Backache, Slip Disc spine (the nape of the Lumbago,Backache, Slip Disc) and the dorsal spine are the weakest points. The lower back bears at least one half of the body weight. Hence, these points bear the brunt of repeated stresses and strains

Every joint has an optimum position of function, departures from which increase the likelihood of strains and pains. Over time muscle strains lead to an overall imbalance in the muscle structure. There is constant strain on the muscles, bones, tendons, discs etc. The most common cause of back pain is poor posture

The real pain might be triggered by sudden lifting of weights, a sudden turn or a wrench, a fall on the back, sitting in a cramped position for a long time, horse-riding, riding a tractor etc. Occasionally, it won't be one event alone which triggers your backache. You may have been doing things improperly for a long time standing, sitting or walking, until suddenly one simple movement might trigger your pains.These so-called last straws to the already overburdened back are some of the following

  • Trauma: acute or chronic unusual lifting, sudden wrenches, fall etc
  • Psychic factors like depression ' can cause lowered (poor) muscle tone and cause backache
  • Any acute illnesses can cause poor muscle tone
  • Fatigue
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity causes increased lordosis
  • General poor health
  • Localized, focal infections
  • Faulty structure of feet

What makes backache worse is that once the pain starts, in order to avoid stressing the painful parts, we tend to perform actions ( walk, stand, lift etc.) with the use of other muscles which are not used to moving in that pattern. This further increases the stress on the muscles

                                                           

Causes of Lumbago

Younger adults (30 to 60 year olds) are more likely to experience back pain from the disc space itself (e.g. lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease) or from a back muscle strain or other soft tissue strain.
 
Older adults (over 60) are more likely to suffer from pain related to joint degeneration (such as osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis) or from a compression fracture.

Apart from the above mentioned triggers, backache can be caused by a number of other conditions like

  • Osteoarthritis (OA): with increasing age, the joints of the backbones undergo degeneration. OA of the joints that link one vertebra to its neighboring ones (called the facet joints) causes back pains
  • Herniated Discs (disc prolapse): any heavy strain or increased pressure in the back can displace the round, resilient discs which act as shock absorbers for the back bones. They cushion every impact on the back such as when jogging, weight lifting, horse-riding etc. injuries, normal wear and tear, and diseases that affect the backbones can cause minor tears on the disc surfaces as well as make them bulge out from their places. Displaced discs can press on surrounding nerves and cause pain, tingling & numbness in the legs
  • Injuries and fractures of the vertebrae (backbone): conditions that cause nerve, bone and tissue injury can cause back pain ' vehicular accidents, fall from a bike, fall on the back compressing the structures in the back
  • Compression of the spinal cord itself (Spinal stenosis): the spinal cord travels through a narrow, hollow shaped bony canal called the 'spinal canal'. With aging, the lumen of this canal tends to become narrow, compressing the contents within it. Back pain is a common symptom of spinal stenosis
  • Deformities: often the backbone curvature is damaged secondary to other diseases. The alignment which is usually straight tends to deviate either to the sides (scoliosis) or appear bent forwards (kyphosis). Long-term mal-alignment of the vertebral column can cause tremendous stress and strain on the supportive muscles that surround it. This usually gives rise to backache
  • Occupational: many occupations can take a toll on your back. If your work requires long hours of standing, lifting of heavy weights or sitting in an uncomfortable position, your back will possibly suffer

 There can be many precipitating causes for backache. In the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify the exact cause of backache. Still in 25% of cases, however, it is possible to identify the cause. Often, these patients are suffering from conditions like a Slipped Disc, Osteoporosis (brittle bones), deformation of natural spine curvature (Scoliosis) or more rarely, skeletal damage due to tumours or infection. It is believed that back pain is usually the result of spinal degeneration or injury, especially damage to intervertebral discs, These are structures located between the vertebrae that act as cushions. Each disc consists of a tough, fibrous outer layer surrounding a soft interior, which is what provides the cushioning. With the ordinary wear and tear of living, the discs show signs of aging and may be injured. When a disc begins to degenerate, a strain - even something as small as a sneeze - can cause the disc to rupture, or herniate, allowing the soft interior material to protrude out of the disc and press against the spinal cord. This situation is sometimes erroneously referred to as a "Slipped Disc"or Disc Prolapse . A herniated disk can indeed cause severe intermittent or constant back pain.. Though the main cause of back pain is simple muscle spasm or strain . Although symptoms may come on suddenly and can be acutely painful, this is actually a problem that develops over a long period of time. When muscles contract, Lactic acid and Pyruvic acid are produced as byproducts of muscular activity. It is the presence of lactic acid in the muscles that produces the familiar sensation of muscle fatigue following strenous activity. If high levels of these acidic byproducts accumulate in the muscles, they cause irritation that can eventually turn into pain and interfere with the normal conduction of electrical impulses in the muscle tissue. This results in a condition called delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Problems with acidic build-up are often made worse by dehydration. Precipitating Facors :- - Wrong or Poor posture. - Wearing Improper footwear. - Walking habits. - Improper lifting & Bending. - Straining. - Slouching when sitting. - Sleeping on a very soft mattresses. - Calcium deficiency. - Intravertebral disc damage, injury, wear & tear . - Herniation or prolapse or rupture of intervertebral disc. - Bone disease specially Osteoporosis. - Abnormal curvature of the spine or Scoliosis. - Fractures can also rarely cause the backache. - Arthritis. - Rheumatism. - Constipation. - Kidney, bladder, prostate problems and female pelvic disorders. - Female reproductive disorders or problems. Premenstrual Pain. - Pregnancy and labor. (Baby is head down, facing toward mother's pubic bone instead of her backbone), back labor is a frequent occurance. It can be very intense back pain due to the pressure of the baby's skull pressing against the tailbone. - Psychological, emotional or stress-related problem.

Athletes are very prone to low back aches

Back pain might also originate from the nerves, spine and muscles of the back. Conditions affecting structures present in the abdomen and pelvis - (kidneys, ovaries, intestines, prostate etc.) can cause a backache. In general backache is never really serious. It is self-resolving and lasts only for some days.70% of persons approaching a GP are better in 3 weeks while 90 % are better in 6 weeks time, irrespective of the treatment received

 Is Lumbago a dangerous condition in any way :-In case there is suddenly loss of control on bladder or bowel movements with the area of the lower back or legs turns numb, It calls for an immediate medical attention or a consultation with the Specialist. If one suffer from backaches and notice reduced strength or muscle bulk in one or both legs, a Neurologist and Orthopaedic surgeon must be consulted. These warning signs indicate compression of the spinal cord and its branches and early treatment is essential to avoid the permanent damage. To see the exact nature of problem and pressure on the nerve investigations should be carried out. X-Rays are often considered a routine part of back pain diagnosis, yet only a few back conditions show up on X-Rays. If the pain is caused by muscle strain or herniated disc, the X-Ray will do little to aid the diagnosis, since discs, muscles and ligaments are all soft tissues. X-Ray exposure should be avoided in pregnant women patients. CT- Scan and MRI -Scan can show the nature and extent of the discs involved. However, it is noted that 20 to 30 percent of people with back pain have herniated discs that are not the source of their discomfort. If pain comes after lifting something heavy, after coughing, or after unusually heavy exercise, and the pain prevents one from moving or shoots down one leg, one may have a slipped , prolapsed or herniated disc. Smoking aggravates problems in the discs.

Seeking medical help

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, get in touch with your doctor immediately

  • Your back pain spreads down up to your knees
  • You feel numb in your groin, rectal area, legs and foot
  • You have fever, weakness and sweating
  • The pain is so unbearable that you are not able to move
  • The pain does not go away even after 2 or 3 weeks

Prevent Back pain ?

The following tips will help you guard yourself from hurting your back

  • When you lift heavy objects, keep your knees bent and squat while lifting the object. Do not bend to lift it
  • While carrying the object hold it close to your chest, keep your spine erect and straight
  • When you lift heavy objects, keep your knees bent and squat while lifting the object. Do not bend to lift it
  • While carrying the object hold it close to your chest, keep your spine erect and straight
  • When you are lifting the object, do not twist your body
  • When you move heavy objects, push it instead of pulling it
  • Do not remain seated for long hours. Get up once in a while and stretch your body
  • Do not wear high heeled footwear
  • Exercise regularly. Lack of it can cause back ache
  • Exercise daily. A good exercise will improve your posture
  • A complete workout session should include walking/swimming aerobic activity + riding a stationary bike
  • Never skip your warm-up exercises, even if you do regular workouts
  • Manage your weight. Try maintaining your body weight within the range optimal for your age, sex, and daily routines
  • Have foods rich in calcium, Vitamin D, phosphorus and proteins. They both help in building and repairing bones and muscles
  • Wear low-heeled shoes. Avoid wearing stilettos for long periods
  • Quit smoking. Smoking contributes to osteoporosis. It hardens the arteries supplying blood to our bones and reduces the blood supply to other vital structures that form your backbone
  • Relax. Avoid stress from getting at you. Stress causes the supportive muscles of the back to go into an abnormally contracted state. Try yoga, tai chi and massages.

How to prevent the occurance and What are Dos and Donts for the patients ?

  • Prevention · Adopt correct & good posture ·
  • Exercise regularly - especially swimming ·
  • Avoid Jerky movements or rides. ·
  • Don't stay in the one position for too long.
  • Stand up and stretch after you have been sitting for a while or crouch for a few moments if you have been reaching up.
  • Lift correctly with your legs, not your back.
  • Do not bend at the waist to lift. ·
  • Support your lower back when sitting.
  • Buy a special cushion if necessary, particularly for driving ·
  • Try and sleep on your side - ensure you have a firm mattress.
  • Get up from the bed by turning to the side and don't get up straight from the bed.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms usually are: -

  •  Acute or Chronic pain.
  • Muscle fatigue. Stiffness. Swelling. Spinal subluxation.
  • Pain radiating into legs.
  • Numbness and /or tingling in limbs.
  • Pain across the lower part of the back that sometimes radiates into the buttocks, the back of the thigh or to the groin.
  • The pain is usually worse on movement.
  • Limitation in movement of the spine - especially bending forward and leaning back.
  • Tense spasm of the muscles surrounding the spine and causing a stiff back.
  • With severe pain and spasm, the back may tilt to one side causing a change in the posture.
  • The pain is sometimes accompanied by a tingling sensation or numbness in the back or buttocks / hips or leg.

 When to see doctor:-

Your back pains definitely deserve medical attention in the following situations

  • Your pains are accompanied by persistent fever
  • You suddenly lose control over your bowel and bladder movements
  • There are additional symptoms of numbness in the feet, nausea vomiting etc
  • You have had a violent accident involving the back
  • There is redness of the skin overlying the backbones
  • Pain is elicited even with slight application of pressure
  • You have developed weakness in the legs along with or after onset of the back pains
  • The pains radiate below the hips to the legs
  • Even the slightest movement in intolerable
  • You have been on steroid treatment for other conditions
  • You have a positive medical history of a tumor in the past
  • You are HIV positive or have an addiction to drugs
  • You have lost weight in the recent past
  • You are above 50 years of age
  • You are less than 20 years and feel this is the worst back ache of your life
  • Your low grade pains persist for more than two weeks
  • In spite of resting your back, the pains do not improve significantly in one or two day's time

 

How do I prevent backache

Some simple measures can help keep back pain at bay !

  • Learn to bend and lift objects properly
  • Avoid standing for long periods at a stretch. If you stand for a long time, make sure your ears, shoulders, hips and knees are in the same straight line
  • If you have long hours of sitting, like a long car drive, try taking stops every one hour and walk around a bit
  • When sitting for long, make sure your chair has a high back and supports your back (especially the region between the ribs and hip-bones) curvature properly. You may need the help of a pillow for the same
  • Your chair should not be too high or too low either. Again, when sitting on a chair, make sure that both your feet touch ground completely. Your knees should extend beyond the seating provided and they should also be higher than your hips
  • Don't slouch when sitting
  • Exercise daily. A good exercise will improve

 

Diagnosis

Backache is a symptom, causes for which are numerous. A sound clinical evaluation often suffices to trace the cause.Most physical exams will involve an examination of the following

  • Palpation: Your doctor will check for any sign of pain produced with application of pressure. He will also need to verify whether you have any outward signs of trauma broken bones, brazed skin etc. your doctor will also assess your reflexes, joint stability and flexibility of the muscles around the joints
  • Gait: Check the way you walk. Is pain or stiffness preventing a normal gait ?
  • Stance: any abnormal posture adopted when standing
  • Range of motion: To check if the range of motion is painless or painful, restricted and stiff
  • Straight leg test: this test is done to confirm the affection of the sciatic nerve as it passes through your leg

Doctors may even advice a few tests and laboratory investigations

  • A complete blood count along with erythrocyte sedimentation rates this would help in tracing causes like infections
  • Other tests depending on presentation of symptoms may be required e.g. the test for tumor markers where malignancies are suspected
  • Radiographic evaluation: where the back pains are not relieved by rest or medications and where there is a history of acute trauma to the back, or other symptoms like weakness of legs or numbness, a radiographic evaluation becomes necessary
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomographic Scanning: both non-invasive tests that provide highly accurate results. These tests can often diagnose the presence of an illness, or herniated discs even in asymptomatic patients
  • MRI uses no ionizing radiation and is better at imaging soft tissue (e.g., herniated discs, tumors). CT scanning provides better imaging of cortical bone (e.g., osteoarthritis). Compared with MRI, CT scanning is less sensitive to patient movement and is also less expensive
  • Bone scanning: also called Bone Scintigraphy useful when radiographs of the spine are normal but the clinical findings are suspicious for osteomyelitis and bony tumors or hidden fractures
  • Needle electromyography and nerve conduction studies: useful in differentiating peripheral nerve damage from disorders of single nerve roots or muscles

Homoeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic medicines offer excellent relief for low back pains. Homeopathic medications can relieve the spasms of the back muscles and provide effective pain relief without any side effects and are considered good for raising the immunity. Homeopathy is of use in eradicating chronic relapsing conditions. Homoeopathy doesn’t treat the ‘disease in man’ but it treats the ‘man in disease’. Homoeopathy treats the cause of disease and the illness will disappear.Homeopathy is strongly recommended for acute or long lasting chronic back pains

Homeopathic medicines offer excellent relief from low back pains. Homeopathic medications can relieve the spasms of the back muscles and provide effective pain relief without any side effects and good for raising the immunity. Homeopathy is of use in eradicating chronic relapsing conditions. Homoeopathy don’t treat the ‘disease in man’ but it treats the ‘man in disease’. Homoeopathy treats the cause of disease and the illness will disappear. Homeopathy is strongly recommended

Apart from rest followed by physiotherapy homeopathy helps in both acute and chronic backaches. reduces pain and discomfort in acute cases and helps to strengthen the muscles in the back in chronic cases thereby preventing recurrence of back pain.

Pain in the back anywhere below the ribs and up to the hips is called low back pain. It is a condition that affects over 90% of the population at one time or the other. Next to common cold, it remains the most common reason why people seek medical help

Many people who experience low back pain do not meet up with a doctor since it usually resolves on its own. They may suffer from any dull aches to sharp pains or even numbness. The pain characteristically lingers on for a day or two before it gradually subsides. In many, the pains keep recurring in varying intensities.

Tips For self care Measure

Stretch Your Back Pain Out Like ThisWe all have a terrible back pain at some point in our lives. Popping the pill is not a good idea for regular wear and tear. Try these stretches instead.Upper Back!

1. Sit or stand tall with your back straight. Squeeze your shoulder blades together as hard and far as possible effortless. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.

2. Gently arch backwards with your hands behind your Lumbago,Backache, Slip Disc and look up towards the ceiling until you feel a mild to moderate stretch effortlessly. 

3. Hands behind your Lumbago,Backache, Slip Disc, gently bend forwards allowing your elbows to move towards your thighs. GENTLE and easy.

4. Gently bend to one side with your hands at the back of your head, moving your elbow towards your hip until you feel the stretch. Do not lean forwards. 

5. With your arms across your chest, gently rotate to one side.Keep your legs still.

Tips to avoid backache

• During lifting heavy objects, keep knees bent and squat while lifting the object. Avoid bending while lifting.

• Keeping spine erect and straight

 • Avoiding twisting body

• While moving heavy objects, push it instead of pulling it

• Do not remain seated for long hours. Get up once in a while and stretch body

• Avoid wearing high heeled footwear • Exercise daily. A good exercise will improve your posture

• Managing weight. Try maintaining body weight within the range optimal for your age, sex, and daily routines

• Have foods rich in calcium, Vitamin D, phosphorus and proteins. They both help in building and repairing bones and muscles

• Wearing low-heeled shoes.

• Quit smoking. Smoking contributes to osteoporosis. It hardens the arteries supplying blood to our bones and reduces the blood supply to other vital structures that form your backbone

• Avoiding stress • Relaxation

• Avoiding long hour standing

• Avoid slouch while sitting

• During long hour sitting making sure that chair has a high back and supports the back.

Homeopathic Medicines Remedies for Backache

Besides some of the following ingredients, the product contains Dr Gurpreet Singh Makkar(punjab,India), Research based, highly effective medicines

Aconite

Backache, Back numb, stiff, painful. Crawling and tingling, as if bruised. Stiffness in nape of neck. Bruised pain between scapula.

Aesculus
Backache with lameness in back, aching between shoulder blades, region of spine feel weak, back and legs gives out. Backache affecting sacrum and hips, worse walking or stooping. When walking feet turns under.

Agaricus
Backache with sensitiveness of spine to touch, worse in dorsal region. Lumbago, worse in open air. Cric in back. Twitching of cervical muscles.

Antimonium tart
Backache with violent pain in sacro-lumber region. Slightest effort to move may cause retching and cold, clammy sweat. Sensation of heavy weight at the coccyx, dragging downwards all the time. Twitching of muscles, limbs tremulous.

Arnica
Backache after injuries. Crawling in back. Stitches in loins. Bruised sensation in, and in lumber region.

Berberis vulgaris
Backache with tearing, sticking with stiffness, making rising difficult, involving hips, nates, limbs with numbness. Lumbago. Metatarsus and metacarpus feel sprained. Post operative pain in lumber region.

Bryonia
Backache. Painful stiffness in nape of neck. Stitches and stiffness in small of back, From hard water and sudden changes of weather.

Cal. Carb
Backache. Pain in back as if sprained, can scarcely rise, from overlifting. Pain between shoulder- blades, impending breathing. Rheumatism in lumber region, weakness in small of back of back. Curvature of dorsal vertebrae. Nape of neck stiff and rigid.

Cal. Phos
Backache from draught of air, with stiffness and dullness of head. Soreness in sacro-illiac symphysis, as if broken.

Causticum
Backache with stiffness between shoulders. Dull pain in nape of neck.

China sulph
Backache with sensitiveness of the dorsal vertebrae, pain on pressure. Last cervical sensitive. Pain extends to head and neck.

Cimcifuga
Backache, spine very sensitive, especially upper part. Stiffness and contraction in neck and back. Rheumatic pains in muscles of back and neck. Pain in lumber and sacral region, down thighs, and through hips. Crick in back.

Cocculus
Backache, cracking of cervical vertibrae when moving head. Paralytic pain in small of back. Pain in shoulder and arms, as if bruised. Pressure in scapula and nape. Stiffness on moving shoulders.

Dulcamara
Backache after gettting cold and wet. Stiff neck. Pain in small of back, as after long stooping. Stiffness and lameness across neck and shoulders.

Guaiacum
Backache, pain from head to neck. Aching in nape. Stiff neck and sore shoulders. Stitches between scapulae to occiput. Contractive pain between scapulae.

Helonias
Backache, pain and weight in back, tired and weak. Aching and burning across the lumber region, can trace outlines of kidneys by constant burning. Boring pain in lumber region, extending down legs, great languor, better exercising.

Kali carb
Backache, small of back feels weak. Stiffness and paralytic feeling in back. Burning in spine. Severe backache during pregnancy, and after miscarriage. Lumbago with suddden sharp pains extending up and down and to thighs.

Nux vomica
Backache in lumber region. Burning in spine, worse 3 to 4 a.m. cervico- brachial neuralgia, worse touch. Must sit up in order to turn in bed. Bruised pain below scapulae. Sitting is painful.

Phosphoric acid
Backache, boring pain between scapulae. Pain in back and limbs, as if beaten.

Picric acid
Backache due to degeneration of the spinal cord with parlysis. Prostration, weakness and pain of back, pin and needle sensation in extremities.

Rhus tox
Backache, pain betweeen shoulders on swallowing. Pain and stiffness in small of back, better motion or lying on something hard, worse while sitting. Stiffness of nape of the neck.

Sepia
Backache, weakness in small of back. Pain after pregnancy and delivery. Coldness between shoulders.

Sulphur
Backache, stiffness of nape. Drawing pain between shoulders. Sensation as if vertebrae glided over each other.

Zinc met
Backache, pain in small of back. Cannot bear back touched. Tension and stinging between shoulders. Spinal irritation. Dull aching about the last dorsal or first lumber vertebrae, worse sitting. Burning along spine. Nape of neck weary from writing or any exertion.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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