The symptoms of lumbago vary from mild to severe pain in the lower back, to intense and painful muscle contractions which prevent both the correct posture and the patient’s ability to move.
The pain can be both acute and chronic. Acute lumbago sometimes becomes chronic lumbago.
The pain in the lower back suddenly appears and makes bending forward and backwards extremely difficult. Pain is at its most intense when the patient suddenly starts moving. When walking or standing up, the lumbago complaints diminish quickly.
Lumbago often comes with muscle contraction resulting in a stiff back for the patient. Due to severe muscle pain and spasm the patient adapts the wrong posture.
In some cases, the pain radiates to the rest of the back including the patient’s lower back, bottom and legs. He or she experiences pins and needles and in some cases even total numbness.