Lower Back Pain

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Lower Back Pain is a common musculoskeletal problem. It may be acute or chronic.

Symptoms of lower back pain

  1. A heightened pain in the mornings and evenings, sometimes accompanied by stiffness and tenderness in the area
  2. Disrupted sleep due to pain
  3. Pain in the lower back due to any activity that tones down on sitting down
  4. Loss of flexibility in the back
  5. Developing leg pain
  6. Weight loss
  7. Deformity and disability


  • Spinal compression / fracture
  • Muscle and ligament strain caused from improper or heavy lifting
  • Bulging or ruptured disks
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Epidural abscess, septic discitis, osteomyelitis, Bacteraemia, or Bacterial endocarditis
  • Any malignancy, particularly in people with a history of cancer
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Sciatica
  • A bowel or bladder dysfunction that raises the probability of spinal cord disease
  • Corticosteroid medications and anticoagulant drugs

Ayurveda for Back Pain and Sciatica

Ayurveda considers aggravated Vaata dosha in lower back region as the main reason for back pain, which is referred to as Katigraha (Kati refers to Low Back and Graha to stiffness) or Katisoola (soola – Pain). Pakwaashaya Gatavata (Vaata lodged in Pakwaashaya (intestines)) is considered as a reason for it. The term “Gridhrasi” in Ayurveda is compared with Sciatica. Based on the symptoms an Ayurvedic physician will assess the Doshic predominance and suggest appropriate treatments.

Ayurvedic treatments for back pain aim at restoring the Vaata-dosha balance of the body. A range of therapies are available in Ayurveda. They are prescribed based on the nature of pain, cause of the pain and, the individual’s dosha profile. The therapies normally include:

  • Abhyangamam
  • Kizhi (Elakkizhi / Podikkizhi / Navarakkizhi)
  • Kativasthi
  • Vasthi
  • Pizhichil
  • Ayurvedic diets

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