A to Z: Lumbagoenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about causes of back pain and conditions that affect the back and spine.lumbago, lower back pain, lumbodynia, lumbar vertebrae, spinal column, spine, backbone, vertebrae, intervertebral disc, spinal disc, muscle strains, herniated disc, ruptured disc, muscle spasms, CD1Primary Care, CD1Sports Medicine01/24/201304/08/201909/02/20195d447ced-ef16-4bc7-9b24-c8960051d184https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-lumbago.html/<p><em>May also be called: Low Back Pain; Lumbodynia</em></p> <p>Lumbago (lum-BAY-go) is stiffness and pain in the lower back that is usually caused by a muscle <a class="kh_anchor">strain or sprain</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The backbone (spine) is made up of small <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">bones</a> called vertebrae that are stacked on top of one another. In between the vertebrae are soft spinal discs that act as shock absorbers for the spine. Lumbago can be caused by&nbsp;lifting heavy objects, sitting in one position for too long, straining the back muscles during a sport or activity, a&nbsp;back injury, damage to one of the spinal discs, or some medical conditions. Often, though, lumbago has no specific cause.</p> <p><img title="lower back pain illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/lowBackPain-415x233-rd5-enIL.png" alt="lower back pain illustration" name="4623-LOWBACKPAIN_415X33_RD5_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <p>Lumbago can be mild or so severe that it makes moving difficult. It can also come on suddenly or gradually. Lumbago is usually treated by staying active and taking short-term medications to control pain. Only in very rare cases is surgery required.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>In most cases, lumbago will go away on its own within a few weeks. Stretching before and after physical activities, getting regular low-impact exercise, maintaining a healthy <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-weight.html/">weight</a>, and avoiding heavy lifting can help prevent lower back pain. Talk to your doctor about back pain, especially if it is not going away or is associated with other symptoms.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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