How to treat lower back pain

Lower back pain is an issue that most of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. It can strike seemingly out of nowhere or develop gradually as we grow older. Lower back pain comes in many forms and can affect people of all ages. If it becomes chronic and debilitating lower back pain take you away from work, family or even a good night’s sleep.

The good news is that lower back pain can often be successfully managed through a course of conservative treatments and without the need for surgery. The following information about how to treat low back pain can help you and your doctor work together to develop a care plan that is best for your quality of life.

Treatment timeline

Here are the typical steps physicians use when asked how to treat someone with lower back pain:

  • The first step is a visit to your doctor or other qualified medical professional. After a full review of your medical history and a physical examination, an MRI or CT scan may be needed to correctly diagnose the source of your discomfort. This can also help to rule out underlying issues that may require more intensive treatment.
  • When a diagnosis is made, your doctor will work with you to develop a conservative treatment plan. This may include medication, an exercise and stretching program, hot or cold compresses and physical therapy.
  • In many cases, these conservative treatments are sufficient to manage the lower back pain.
  • If after several weeks or months your pain persists, spine surgery may be considered. This is generally seen as elective surgery unless the condition is severe and life threatening.

Alternative to open back surgery

If you are considering surgery to treat chronic lower back pain but have concerns about the hospitalization, risk of infection and long recovery that are involved with a traditional open back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. We are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery,^ which uses a small muscle-sparing incision to access the spine, resulting in an outpatient procedure. Our patients enjoy a shorter recovery time^ with less risk of complication compared to traditional open back procedures.

Contact us today for more information, including a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.