Learn about options to treat low back pain

Low back pain affects millions of people each year, taking them away from family, work and favorite activities. Injuries and conditions of the low back are among the most common complaints patients bring to their physicians and most adults can expect to experience a period of back pain at some point in their lives. There are many causes of low back pain and there are also many different treatments as well. Your particular treatment plan will depend on a range of factors, including the cause and severity of your symptoms.

Low back pain causes

Physical exertion — especially lifting, twisting and bending — places a great deal of stress on the back muscles and spine. A person with weak core muscles or a spine that has degenerated due to age-related changes is particularly susceptible to injuries such as muscle strains, sprained ligaments and others. Additionally, the degeneration associated with aging can cause conditions such as herniated or bulging discs, foraminal stenosis, facet disease or spinal arthritis.

Low back pain treatment

To determine the proper treatment, your physician must determine exactly what is causing your low back pain. A diagnosis is usually made through a review of medical history and symptoms, a physical evaluation and diagnostic tests such as an X-ray, CT scan or MRI. Upon diagnosis, many cases of low back pain respond well to conservative treatment methods, such as:

  • Resting until able to exercise — as determined by a doctor
  • Pain management through physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, etc.
  • Medication to reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Lifestyle changes such as improving posture, engaging in regular exercise and eating a healthier diet

For cases in which you are diagnosed with a mild to moderate condition with a good chance of healing, these methods are proven to make a long-term difference if given time and consistency. Even a herniated disc can improve on its own with time and proper treatment.

When surgery becomes an option

Patients may be recommended to undergo surgery if conservative treatments are ineffective after being attempted after weeks or months. If you are exploring surgical options, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery designed to treat the underlying causes of low back pain while reducing the risk of complication and the recovery time compared to traditional open spine procedures.^

For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our caring team can help you get a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to see if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.