Lower back: Link with back pain (Is it serious?)

lumbarization

Lumbalization is a condition in which the first vertebrate sacred (S1) does not merge with the second, so that it seems to be part of the lumbar spine.

This article written by a physiotherapist explains this condition in detail, from symptoms to conservative and surgical treatment options.

Definition and anatomy

Normally the Lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae (qualified from L1 to L5) separated from each other by a intervertebral disc between each level. The last vertebra (L5) is connected to the sacrum, a triangular bone formed by the fusion of 5 sacral vertebrae (named S1 to S5).

The lumbosacral region (between the lumbar and the sacrum) has an important role insofar as it supports the majority of the weight of the body, in addition to offering a protective role to the nerve roots coming from the spinal cord.

In some cases, the upper part of the sacrum, that is to say the S1 (or first sacral vertebra), can be separated from the rest of the sacrum instead of being welded to the S2 vertebra. It is then said to be part of the lumbar spine, and is sometimes referred to as the “L6 vertebra” or “transitional lumbar vertebra”. This phenomenon is known as lumbarization, and is present in approximately 2% Population.

Lumbar

Lumbarization is a congenital anomaly, that is, it is present in an individual from birth. As mentioned, the first sacral vertebra is not fused to the rest of the sacrum. Therefore, it seems that there are 6 lumbar vertebrae and only 4 sacral vertebrae.

This condition should not be confused with the sacralization lumbar. Sacralization is a type of birth defect in which the last lumbar vertebra (L5) is completely or partially fused with the sacrum (or hipbone in some cases). This fusion can occur on one side only (hemi sacralization) or on both sides.

Due to lumbar sacralization, the L5 vertebra appears more like a sacral vertebra. However, lumbarization rather concerns the first sacral vertebra (S1) which appears more like a lumbar vertebra.

To learn more about L5 lumbar sacralization, see the following article.

Symptoms of the disease

Contrary to what many people may imagine, low back pain is not necessarily synonymous with back pain. Indeed, it can be asymptomatic in some cases, mainly due to the adaptability of the human body. Thus, the relationship between low back pain and low back pain is not definitive, and people diagnosed with this condition can live without experiencing pain.

The lumbarization of the spine may nevertheless cause clinical symptoms in some patients. Incapacitating lower back pain can appear and limit the quality of life, as well as the movements of the back.

From a biomechanical point of view, it must be understood that an “additional” vertebra modifies the functioning of the lumbar region and the sacrum. In particular, it affects trunk mobility, posture, the biomechanics of the upper and lower vertebrae, etc. This explains the pain and other associated disorders (muscle spasms, compensatory pain, nerve irritation, lumbar instability, etc.).

Diagnostic

Low back can be diagnosed with imaging tests, such as an x-ray of the spine. A front view and a side view of the lumbosacral spine allow an accurate diagnosis.

In some cases (such as in obese people), the x-ray will not allow the lumbarization to be clearly identified. A CT scan can then be used to clarify the diagnosis. Similarly, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will assess the integrity of the surrounding soft tissues, and determine if there is associated nerve damage.

Treatment

Since low back is a congenital condition, it is not possible to correct its cause with conservative treatment. Treatment will focus on relieving pain and improving quality of life. Among the available modalities are:

A word about exercise in the presence of lower back pain

It is important to remain active despite the presence of lower back pain. Indeed, targeted exercises can tone the trunk muscles and improve flexibility, which would prevent painful episodes in the long term.

On the other hand, excessive movements could also worsen your symptoms. This is why it is preferable to follow a program of adapted and progressive exercises, for example guided by a physiotherapist.

Accessories and products against lower back

In addition to the treatments mentioned above, there are several products and accessories available on the market to relieve lower back pain related to lumbar sacralization.

In addition to treatments received by a therapist, many patients opt for back pain relief products and accessories because of their effectiveness on their pain.

Although we often observe beneficial effects linked to various accessories, we must realize that they have limits.

Mainly, the products available in the market do not address the cause of the herniated disc, and are especially useful for reducing pain in the short term.

They should therefore not replace comprehensive care including appropriate and progressive physical exercises. Obviously, it is best to consult a health professional so that they can suggest the best tools to use, as well as other treatments specific to your condition.

Among the best-known accessories are:

acupressure mat
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Lumbar belt heated
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Ergonomic back cushion
Car Lumbar Cushion for Back Back Support for Office and Car Chairs, Ergonomic for Back Seat
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massage gun
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As a last resort, surgery can be considered to correct the lower back. The most common surgical option is fusion of the first sacral vertebra (arthrodesis). However, success rates vary, and the decision to operate will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What about natural remedies?

Like accessories and anti-back pain products, natural products and grandmother's remedies are very popular with people suffering from back pain.

Often, these remedies include anti-inflammatory properties to relieve various body pains.

On the other hand, it should be noted that most of these natural products are not scientifically proven. It is therefore important to speak to your doctor before using them, particularly to avoid any interaction with your medications.

Natural remedies that could relieve symptoms include:

Turmeric

Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers very powerful, turmeric is one of the most used plants in a culinary and therapeutic context. The composition of turmeric is essentially made of essential oils, vitamins (B1, B2, B6, C, E, K) and trace elements. But it is to its composition rich in curcumin and curcuminoids that we owe them and calm skin of this spice.

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Ginger

In addition to the particular flavor it brings to cooking and its aphrodisiac properties, ginger is a root well known for its anti-inflammatory powers. THE gingerol gives it its anti-inflammatory action. It is an active component acting on the inflammatory pain related to chronic joint inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, rheumatic diseases, etc. It has been proven that this active element is also effective in acting on the inflammation linked to arthritis and sciatica. Ginger also has other benefits thanks to its high potassium content and its richness in trace elements (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium) and vitamins (provitamin and vitamin B9).

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Omega-3

Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that play a very important role in the functioning of our body. They are provided by food in three natural forms: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Beyond their action on the brain and the cardiovascular system, omega-3s prove to be very effective against inflammation. Indeed, they have the ability to act on the inflammatory mechanisms in osteoarthritis by slowing down cartilage destruction, thus they reduce the intensity of osteoarthritis pain. Since sciatica is most often linked to inflammation secondary to a herniated disc, it can also respond to omega-3s if you consume them regularly. 

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Lemon eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a plant most often used in the form of herbal tea or essential oil. She would have anti-inflammatory effects which give it the ability to act on the bone and joint pain in general and the pain of sciatica in particular.

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wintergreen

Wintergreen is a shrub from which a very interesting essential oil is extracted. It is one of the essential oils most used in aromatherapy. This oil, extracted from the shrub of the same name, is used in massage to relieve sciatica and act like a analgesic. Indeed, it provides a heating effect thanks to its ability toactivate blood circulation locally.

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