I Have Low Back Pain
What is the low back?
Let’s start with some stats!
Statistics show that 80% of Americans will experience pain in the low back at some point throughout their lives. The lower back is referred to as the lumbar spine and is comprised of 5 vertebrae (L1-L5) that are responsible for holding up most of the weight of your upper body. These bones of the low back are cushioned by round pad like shock absorbers called intervertebral discs. Ligaments hold the vertebrae in place, and tendons attach the muscles to the spinal column. Running throughout these structures are a number of nerves responsible controlling movement and for transmitting information to and from the brain.
Pain in the low back.
Common sensations felt with pain in the back are sharp pain or muscle weakness and aches in local areas of the back, tingling, stabbing, or burning pain running down the leg. Other associated symptoms of back issues include.
- Lower Extremity muscle weakness
- Upper Extremity muscle weakness
- Numbness in the extremities
- Stiffness and discomfort in the back with walking, getting up from sitting, and or lifting objects.
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It is important to note that pain comes in all shapes and sizes and affects everyones life in different ways. Being aware of your body, and identifying when to consult a physician is key is helping to keep you pain free and enjoying life.
How can PAIN MANAGEMENT help?
What factors are associated with high risk?
- Improper Lifting
- Excess Weight
- Lack Of Exercise
- Psychological Conditions
What is Causing My Pain?
As we discussed earlier, there are a number of bones, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves in the back. All of these structures work together to form a strong team in supporting the upper body. If one of these team members becomes weak or is pulled out of place then it adds stress to the rest of the team creating imbalances, and causing the body to react to offset such imbalances. When this happens it can be any of the following.
- Pinched Nerve
- Muscle Strain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Ruptured Disc
- Arthritic Changes
- Spinal Stenosis
Can Pain In The Low Back Be Treated?
Back pain is a very treatable ailment. Of course, treatments and levels of relief are dependent on the severity of the root issue. Back pain can be treated with physical therapy, injections, NSAIDs, gentle stretching, or in some more severe cases minimally invasive procedures such as
- SCS (Spinal Cord Stimulation or Neuromodulation)
- Radio Frequency Ablation
- Spinal Laminectomy
Our motto is to guide our patients from diagnoses to a long term solution of their pain complaints.George Arcos, DO