What is Low Back Pain?

  • Second most common reason Americans see their physician
  • Americans spend $50 billion on low back pain each year
  • Can be acute or chronic in nature, depending on cause

At some time in your life you will probably experience low back pain.

It may come on suddenly from a sudden injury creating a strain or tear to the muscles and ligaments that support the lower back. Other culprits include:

  • Improper lifting or turning or twisting the wrong way
  • Disease or a genetic pre-disposition
  • Repeated improper movements or lifting
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Fractured vertebrae

Our Treatment Approach

Using the latest diagnostic techniques, our back and spine specialists use the determine the precise cause of your low back pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Your physician will usually recommend the most conservative approach such as:
  • over-the-counter pain relievers
  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • muscle relaxers
  • ice packs
  • moist heat

Your physician may recommend physical therapy or injections to block the pain and reduce the inflammation.

If these conservative approaches aren’t effective, surgery may be the best course of treatment, especially if you have additional symptoms such as:

  • bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • increased nerve impairment
  • progressive weakness in your legs
  • debilitating pain or spinal instability

We specialize in minimally invasive approaches so our patients’ recovery times are generally quicker and less painful.

Causes

  • Muscle strain, irritation or spasm
  • Aging
  • Herniated disc
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Infections or other health issues such as cancer