Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Pain
Are you experiencing lower back pain? Lower back pain can be debilitating both short and long term severely limiting your day-to-day activities. Aside from the common cold, lower back or lumbar pain is the most common reason that patients visit their doctor. While lower back pain can be secondary to trauma or injury, more likely it is related to a degenerative disc in your lower spine that may worsen gradually over time. Because lower back pain indicates an issue with your spine, it is important to identify it immediately and seek treatment from a licensed board-certified physician specializing in treating spine conditions.
SYMPTOMS OF LOWER BACK PAIN
Muscle spasms, stiffness, throbbing, aching, stabbing pain, or other kinds of discomfort are common symptoms of lower back issues. Pain may be midline, bilateral, or isolated to one side of the lower back. It can also radiate into the buttocks, hip, and groin regions. In many patients, the pain will radiate into the legs and individuals may experience numbness and/or weakness. Why is this you might ask? All of the nerves in the legs actually come from the lower back. As a result, any issue with the low back can potentially affect your legs.
CAUSES OF LOWER BACK PAIN
Frequent causes of lower back pain include a bad disc irritating a nerve, joint or nerve inflammation, arthritis, or muscle strain. Additional causes can be overuse, injury, weak core muscles, older age, or rarely even fractures or spinal tumors.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR LOWER BACK PAIN
Non-Surgical treatments for lower back pain may include trigger point injections, epidurals, selective nerve blocks, facet injections, sacroiliac joint injections, intradiscal steroid injections, spinal cord stimulator, pain management laser therapy, core sculpting wellness program, scrambler therapy, medications, and physical therapy. An MRI, CT, X-ray, or EMG/nerve conduction study may be necessary to determine the source of pain.
HOW TO PREVENT LOWER BACK PAIN
To help avoid back pain, it may prove beneficial to exercise regularly, lift objects properly, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight so as not to put excess strain on your back, quit smoking, and watch your posture. By staying generally healthy and keeping an eye on your physical activities, you can make some strides in avoiding lower back pain.
The most important measure you can take moving forward is to dramatically improve your core strength. Core Sculpting via the revolutionary medical device EmSculptNeo is part of our Spine Wellness program now available to patients. It significantly increases your core strength and burns abdominal fat in only 4 weeks without sit-ups, crunches, planks, going to the gym, or risking injury with strenuous workouts. Having a strong core can significantly decrease back pain according to numerous published medical studies. Obtaining a strong core without spending hours in the gym is our secret and a specialty service only available to our patients.
NON-SURGICAL SPINE CENTER
Non-Surgical Spine Center was established with the mission of providing patients and clinicians a non-surgical alternative in the treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain. Utilizing the most current and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, our group offers patients a multitude of options for improving daily function and quality of life while significantly decreasing levels of pain. If you are experiencing pain in your low back, hip region, or legs, feel free to contact our office at 843-856-9669 or visit us online.