Causes and treatment for lower back pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common health issues you can experience. That is because the lower back is responsible for allowing the spine and body to perform a wide range of movements while supporting most of your body weight. Common aches and pains like strains, sprains, stiffness and the occasional muscle spasm can all affect the lower back. Causes of these everyday issues can include strenuous sports, heavy lifting, bad posture or pregnancy.

While most lower back pain is acute and will gradually subside over time with rest and the proper treatments, other spine conditions can be chronic (lasting longer than three months). For instance, degenerative conditions like a bulging disc, herniated disc or spondylolisthesis may develop in the lumbar spine and compress the sciatic nerve. If this occurs, sciatica symptoms may include pain in the hip or buttocks as well as tingling, numbness and muscle weakness in the legs. Learn about the various treatments available for lower back pain in the following article.

Exploring different treatment options for lower back pain

Treatment for lower back pain should begin after you have received a diagnosis from your physician. If a degenerative condition is the cause of your lower back pain, you will most likely be able to manage your symptoms with a combination of conservative treatments.

Treatments for lower back pain can take on different forms, including physical therapy, hot and cold therapy, gentle stretching, low-impact exercise and over-the-counter medication. For advanced pain management steroid injections, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), prescription medication and ultrasound therapy may also prove helpful.

Typically, conservative treatments take about six weeks or longer to provide any noticeable pain relief. If you have been treating your condition with conservative therapies for months and are not experiencing lower back pain relief, you may want to consult your physician about the possibility of spine surgery.

Surgery for lower back pain

While surgery is a big decision that should be well researched and considered, medical advancements, like the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute, now allow patients to have safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^ Our dedicated team is pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries focus on relieving the pressure on the impacted nerve root and possibly stabilizing the spine through a small incision. Unlike traditional open back surgery that separates the muscles surrounding the spine, leading to an increased risk of blood loss and infection, our minimally invasive procedures use smaller incisions and muscle-sparing techniques. Our procedures offer patients a shorter recovery than traditional open back surgery.^

For more information on the minimally invasive surgeries offered to treat lower back pain, or to find out more about the spine conditions that cause lower back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.