Lower back pain treatment

Because the lower back is involved in so many daily movements, it is highly susceptible to deterioration. As we age, our spinal discs dehydrate, weaken and cannot cushion the vertebrae as effectively. As a result, degenerative spine conditions, such as a bulging disc, herniated disc or bone spurs can occur and cause painful nerve compression.

Most lower back pain causes heal in a matter of weeks with the proper treatment plan. Lower back pain treatment almost always begins with conservative, nonsurgical treatments.

The benefits of remaining active

Relief from discomfort in the lower back can come from a variety of treatments, so work with your physician or a physical therapist to create a care plan that is right for you. Pain medication, anti-inflammatory injections, heat packs and acupuncture are common nonsurgical options that may provide relief for low back pain.

Your first instinct when experiencing low back pain is probably to rest in bed. Although this may help relieve the pain at first, remaining sedentary can also worsen your condition.

Bed rest can worsen lower back pain in the following ways:

  • Joint stiffness from immobility
  • Decreasing circulation
  • Reducing muscle mass
  • Decreasing flexibility and range of motion

You can remain active without putting added spinal stress with:

  • Gentle physical therapy
  • Mild low back pain stretches
  • Low-impact exercises, like walking and swimming

Additional treatment options

If you attempt several weeks of conservative treatment and are unable to achieve lower back pain relief, your physician may suggest a surgical approach to pain relief. If this becomes the case, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that holds many advantages as an alternative to traditional open back surgery.

Laser Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures to treat a wide range of degenerative spine conditions that cause lower back pain. Our skilled surgeons use a small incision to avoid unnecessary muscle damage in an outpatient setting.

Contact us for more information about lower back pain treatment and your no-cost MRI review* — you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.