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Lower Back Pain

Are you experiencing lower back pain? Lower back pain can not only affect you long term, but it can also severely affect your day-to-day activities. Aside from the common cold, lower back, or lumbar pain, is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctor. While lower back pain can be related to a trauma or injury, there’s also a good chance that it might not be. Because lower back pain often deals with the spine, it is important to identify it immediately and seek the treatment you need from a doctor.

Symptoms

Muscle spasms, cramping, stiffness, throbbing, aching, or other kinds of discomfort could all be symptoms of lower back pain. The pain may be in the middle of the back, on both sides, or isolated to one side of the back.  It can also radiate into the buttocks, hip, and groin regions.  In some patients, the pain will radiate into the legs and individuals may also experience numbness and/or weakness.  Why is this you might ask? All of the nerves in the legs actually come from the back.  As a result, any issue with the low back can potentially have an affect the legs.

Causes

Some causes of lower back pain can include a bad disc irritating a nerve, joint inflammation, arthritis, or muscle strain. Additional causes can be overuse, injury, pressure on nerve roots, old age, or even spinal tumors.

Treatment Options

Treatments for lower back pain include trigger point injections, epidurals, selective nerve blocks, facet injections, sacroiliac joint injections, intradiscal steroid injections, spinal cord stimulators, and physical therapy.  An MRI, CT, or EMG may be necessary to better determine the source of pain.

Prevention

To avoid painful symptoms, there are some ways you can prevent lower back pain. 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 definitely make significant strides in avoiding lower back pain.

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Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can severely affect your day-to-day activities. Aside from the common cold, lower back, or lumbar pain, is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctor. While lower back pain can be related to a trauma or injury, it might not be. Because lower back pain often deals with the spine, it is important to identify it immediately and seek the treatment you need.

Symptoms

Muscle spasms, cramping, stiffness, throbbing, aching, or another kind of discomfort could all be symptoms of lower back pain. The pain may be in the middle of the back, on both sides, or isolated to one side of the back.  It can also radiate into the buttocks, hip, and groin regions.  In some patients, the pain will radiate into the legs and individuals may also experience numbness and/or weakness.  The reason for this is that all of the nerves in the legs come from the back.  As a result, any issue with the low back can potentially affect the legs.

Causes

Some causes of lower back pain can include a bad disc irritating a nerve, joint inflammation, arthritis, or muscle strain. Additional causes can be overuse, injury, pressure on nerve roots, old age, or even spinal tumors.

Treatment Options

Treatments for lower back pain include trigger point injections, epidurals, selective nerve blocks, facet injections, sacroiliac joint injections, intradiscal steroid injections, spinal cord stimulators, and physical therapy.  An MRI, CT, or EMG may be necessary to better determine the source of pain.

Prevention

To avoid painful symptoms, there are some ways you can prevent lower back pain. 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 definitely make significant strides in avoiding lower back pain.

843-856-9669