Lower back pain

The lower back is one of the most susceptible places for the development of back pain. In fact, over 60 percent of Americans experience lower back pain due to the natural aging process of the spine.

For many adults, lower back pain is caused by the development of a degenerative spine condition, which is a result of the natural deterioration of the spine over time. The lumber spine (lower back) is largely responsible for supporting and maintaining the movements and weight of the body. While this is a somewhat simple task in our younger years, the aging process often increases stress on the components of the spine and causes them to gradually break down.

When this happens, lower back pain may develop. In some cases, the lower back pain is accompanied by radiating pain or numbness in the buttock, leg and foot. If you have been suffering from these symptoms, it is important for you to speak with a spine care expert about identifying the cause of your pain and determining the best course of action for your treatment.

Degenerative spine conditions in the lower back (lumbar spine)

Because the lumbar spine is responsible for supporting the majority of the body’s weight and movement, the components of the lumbar spine can experience stress and deterioration with excessive weight gain and repetitive motions over time.

Think about the spine as a compilation of small bones (vertebrae) with disc-shaped cushions (discs) in between each bone. The discs serve to space the vertebrae so they can bend and move without colliding into each other. As the body gains weight, the vertebrae are responsible for supporting even more substance and weight than usual. Over time, the extra weight can cause the vertebrae to compress on each other, like an accordion that is being pushed inward. When these vertebrae compress, the discs in between the vertebrae are squeezed tightly, which can lead to the discs dissolving or herniating.

Since the discs support the vertebrae, which support the body, a damaged disc can cause the spine to experience instability and pain. Without the disc cushion between a set of vertebrae, a vertebra can slip out of alignment and impact a nerve root near the spine, causing severe pain and limited mobility.

Many conditions and symptoms can result from instability in the spine. If you have been experiencing lower back pain for more than a week or two, you should consult your physician or a spine care specialist about the possible treatment options available to you.

Treatment for lower back pain at Laser Spine Institute

Many forms of lower back pain can be treated effectively through a series of conservative therapies, such as physical therapy, massage therapy and pain medication. Typically, these conservative treatments take several months before a significant decrease in pain and symptoms is noticed, though many patients experience relief after just a few weeks of treatment.

However, if you have tried several methods of nonsurgical treatment to no avail, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option for your lower back pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several minimally invasive procedures for patients searching for a safer and effective method of treatment than traditional open back surgery. We offer several minimally invasive decompression surgeries to relieve moderate lower back pain caused by a degenerative spine condition. Our procedures include: foraminotomy, laminotomy, discectomy or a facet thermal ablation. The purpose of our minimally invasive decompression procedures is to remove a very small portion of the damaged spine to release pressure on the nerve root in the spinal canal to relieve your pain and symptoms. These procedures are performed through a 1-inch incision and boast a 96 patient satisfaction score^.

For more severe cases of lower back pain, our surgeons may recommend that you undergo a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. These procedures are also performed through a small incision and are considerable safer and more effective than traditional open back fusion. Instead of removing a small portion of the damaged disc or vertebra, the surgeon will remove the entire disc or vertebra and insert either an artificial disc or bone graft to decompress the nerve root and stabilize the spine.

We’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic spine pain, and we are confident that we can help you recapture your quality of life. We encourage you to read a few of our previous patient testimonials to see how Laser Spine Institute has helped others find pain relief. You can also visit our “streamlined patient experience”: page to find out what to expect during your time at Laser Spine Institute and how we can help you start living your life again.

If you have any questions remaining, we encourage you to take a look at our back pain FAQ page that contains answers to the most common questions we receive. You can also contact our team at Laser Spine Institute for more information about spine conditions that cause lower back pain and the treatment options available to you.