Millions of people suffer from lower back pain. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, it is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is the second leading cause of missed work. Pain the lower back, or lumbar spine, can take a variety of forms. Acute, or short-term pain, may arise due to a ligament sprain, muscle strain, or overexertion. This type of back pain will usually subside after a few days or weeks with treatments like rest, stretching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
However, chronic low back pain can persist for weeks, months, or years. This type of long-term pain is usually due to some type of degenerative condition such as degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, herniated disc, ankylosing spondylitis, bone spurs, or chronic pain syndromes. Inflammation or degeneration in the spine can exert pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal and cause the following symptoms:
- Radiating pain that begins in the lower back and travels down through the hips, buttocks, and legs
- Muscle weakness or spasms in the lower extremities
- Tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in the lower back, legs, and feet
Anatomical problems such as bone spurs, herniated discs, and inflamed vertebral joints will usually press on the a spinal nerve root on one side of the spine, which means that symptoms are usually unilateral (only affecting one side).
Getting a Lower Back Pain Diagnosis
Several different types of lower back conditions can give rise to similar symptoms, though each disorder should be treated differently. It is extremely important to get a diagnosis for your lower back pain from a medical professional. A doctor will likely perform a thorough physical exam, ask you about your symptoms, and review your medical history. Imaging exams such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan may also be necessary to pinpoint the exact cause of your lower back pain. While some spine conditions respond to conservative treatments such as physical therapy, low-impact exercise, and chiropractic work, severe lower back pain may require more targeted pain management techniques.
Lower Back Pain Relief in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Some people think that chronic lower back pain is a fact of life. However, when lumbar spine discomfort affects your quality of living, it’s time to seek treatment. At Texas Pain Relief Group, we offer a variety of nonsurgical pain management therapies for the lower back:
- Facet joint injections
- Lumbar epidural steroid injections
- Lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
If you’re ready to take the first step toward lasting pain relief, contact Texas Pain Relief Group to find out what lower back treatments may be right for you.