Lower back pain (lumbago) has to do with any pain in the lumbar spine, regardless of what is causing it. It is not a condition but a symptom of an existing condition.
In fact, according to surveys, 80% of the general population will experience lower back pain at some point in their life.
Depending on its duration, lower back pain has three forms:
- acute lower back pain that lasts less than 6 weeks and accounts for 85% of all cases of lower back pain.
- less acute lower back pain that lasts from 6 to 12 weeks and accounts for 10% of all cases of lower back pain.
- chronic lower back pain lasting longer than 12 weeks and accounting for 5% of all cases of lower back pain.
Regardless of the form of lower back pain, a particular clinical feature is that it is recurring very often. In epidemiological studies, it has been found that in 75% of cases, lower back pain occurs at least once within a year.
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