Before we take a detailed look at the many functions of the lower back, let’s get some jargon out of the way. A rather old-fashioned term used to refer to low back pain is “Lumbago”. This term is, however, not used much by medical professionals these days. It refers in general terms to problems in the lower back area of the body.
Let’s now look at the main functions of the lower back. Without doubt the lower back is very important for a multitude of bodily operations. It provides structural support, assists in movement, and offers protection for some of your body’s tissues. As you stand up the lower back supports the full weight of your upper body. Extending, bending or rotating at your waist will all involve the lower back helping making the movement possible. It is therefore not surprising that problems with the lower back affect your freedom of movement in a crucial way! It is important that you do not underestimate, or shrug off, lower back pain.
Often the origin of back pain in general can be found in the human musculoskeletal system. This system, also known as the localmotor system, gives us humans the ability to move utilising the various muscles in our body, and our skeleton. The musculoskeletal system consists of the skeleton, muscles, joints, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. As described above the lower back provides support and protection to many organs. Pain that originate in organs is often felt in the lower back area.
Causes of lower back pain vary, but they usually include bad posture. Many people also damage their lower back by employing incorrect lifting procedures. By incorrectly lifting heavy objects a lot of strain is put on the lower back. Stress and overworking the back are some other very likely causes of the pain you are experiencing in your lower back.
Now, most non-severe lower back pains can be resolved by improving your posture, or giving your back the rest it so urgently needs. There are also situations in which you should consult a medical professional as soon as humanly possible. There is simply no way to overstate the importance of the back. It literally provides you with the freedom to move about smoothly. Don’t take unnecessary risks with the health of your back! If you experience severe backaches in combination with lowered muscle strength then you are strongly advised to call your doctor immediately. The same applies to situations in which you find your legs or an area of your back suddenly turning numb or you sense a sudden sense of weakness in that area. Not taking action may result in spinal damage.