The Anatomy of Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Experiencing lower back, or lumbar spine, pain can be debilitating. Often completing day-to-day activities becomes an unattainable goal for patients struggling through life with lower back pain. At Laser Spine Institute we understand the burden of back pain, which is why we are committed to assisting our patients in understanding their symptoms, conditions and treatment options. If you are suffering through lower back pain, becoming educated on your options is the first step to getting your life back.

Why is low back pain so common?

The lumbar area of the spine is the most common area of the back in which patients experience pain. Nearly 80 percent of all American adults will experience this pain at some point in their lives. This is generally because the lower back often carries an increased amount of weight and pressure during day-to-day activities. Before we look into treatment options for lower back pain, it is important to recognize the most common symptoms associated with lower back conditions. These symptoms often include:

  • Radiating pain in the legs or feet
  • Radiating numbness in the legs or feet
  • Radiating tingling in the legs or feet
  • Inability to stand or walk for long periods of time
  • Inability to find comfort in resting positions
  • Weakness
  • Irregular gate
  • Difficulty bending at the waist
  • Stiffness in the lower back
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Frequent stabbing pain

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with conditions that we see and treat on a daily basis at Laser Spine Institute.

Surgeries for low back pain

Conservative treatments should be the first approach to new back pain. These types of treatment include physical therapy, water therapy, low-impact exercise, massage and stretching. If none of these assist in eliminating your symptoms, it may be time to look into the surgical options available to you. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open back procedures. Our regional centers specialize in minimally invasive procedures treating a number of lower back conditions including sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, annular tears, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, arthritis, foraminal stenosis and facet disease. If you are suffering from lower neck pain associated with these conditions or others Contact Laser Spine Institute today to see if you may be a candidate for a procedure at one of our regional centers.