How to treat low back pain

Low back pain has many causes. Whether due to injury or age-related wear, lower back pain can be anything from inconvenient and uncomfortable to debilitating and life changing. If your life is being disrupted by lower back pain, making it difficult to do things like work in the yard or go to the store, you should consult with your primary doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor will only know how to treat your low back pain after establishing the cause.

Conservative treatment options

After reviewing your symptoms, medical history and performing a physical examination to diagnose lower back pain, most doctors will normally recommend a conservative, nonsurgical treatment plan. The goal of this initial treatment is to relieve pain and restore mobility while monitoring the overall progress of the condition. Here are some typically prescribed methods:

  • Application of hot or cold compresses to ease pain and swelling
  • Rest, especially if movement is too painful
  • Use of pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Changes in lifestyle like a plan to quit smoking or reduce weight
  • Light exercise to strengthen supporting muscles and improve cardiovascular health

Many patients who follow these recommendations see an improvement in symptoms and are able to resume an active lifestyle.

Surgery to treat low back pain

You may find that after an attempt at conservative treatment lasting weeks or months your low back pain has not improved. At this point, your doctor might consider surgery a viable option. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to perform minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that treats many common spine conditions, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet disease
  • Bone spurs

Since 2005, our team of board-certified+ surgeons has performed minimally invasive spine procedures for more than 75,000 patients. We provide an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery by using a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine, which spares muscles and leads to a shorter recovery period^ for our patients.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.