Lower back nerve pain

Living with lower back nerve pain can be frustrating, especially if it makes simple tasks like taking out the trash or walking your dog difficult or even impossible. While many adults will experience pain in the lower back at some point in life, the chronic pain of a lumbar (lower) spine condition is something that may require more treatment than basic rest, ice and over-the-counter medication.

Before you schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your lower back pain, you may be wondering what exactly causes nerve pain, what the available treatments are and how long it can normally take to recover. These are all questions your doctor can answer, but having a general knowledge of what to expect can help you be more confident and engaged with the treatment process.

Causes and symptoms

Nerve pain in the lower back is such a common type of spinal nerve pain because the lumbar spine supports most of the weight of the body while being flexible enough for basic movement. This combination of stress and mobility makes injuries common and often accelerates the development of degenerative spine conditions in the lower back.

Over the years, regular wear and tear combined with aging can cause spinal anatomy, such as the discs and joints, to degenerate. While not always painful by itself, this degeneration can narrow the spinal column and cause nerve compression. If this happens, the following symptoms may result:

  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Muscle weakness in the legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the lower extremities
  • Diminished reflexes and motor skills

Treatment options for nerve pain in the lower back

For many patients, lower back nerve pain is the result of a minor injury that can be caused by something as simple as overdoing a workout or using improper lifting technique. When a strain or sprain causes your back pain, rest and medication are usually all that is required to find relief.

For spine conditions that are causing lower back nerve pain, doctors will usually recommend a more comprehensive treatment plan upon diagnosis. These treatment plans often begin conservatively with methods like physical therapy, therapeutic massage, chiropractic care and spinal injections.

If your lower back nerve pain has not reduced after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, you should research the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgeries are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^

To learn more about the benefits of our procedures over traditional open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate, ask for your free MRI review* from a member of our caring team.