Low Back Pain
Low Back Pain Treatment And Relief
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Low back pain occurs in the lower part of your back. Severe low back pain in your lower back may be aggravated with movement or it may radiate into the upper or lower extremities.
Patients may also have limited range of motion or tenderness upon touch.
Certain red flags indicate a more serious condition that may require emergency evaluation or surgery, including weakness, numbness or tingling, fever, weight loss, or problems with bowel or bladder control.
Generally back pain can be attributed to mechanical causes, most of which are relatively benign, although a small number of cases are due to more serious illness.
Low Back Pain Causes
Before beginning treatment for the management of lumbar spine pain, it is important that the physician determines the source of a patient’s pain. The back is a complex structure that consists of a network of tissues, muscles, bones, and nerves that runs from the base of the skull to the pelvis. The vertebral column is a structure that provides support for the body and protection for the fragile spinal cord.
Twenty-four individual vertebrae connected to each other make up the fairly flexible vertebral column, as well as nine fused vertebrae, which form the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone).
Here are some conditions your doctor might diagnose:
- Degeneration (e.g. osteoporosis)
- Muscle strain
- Mechanical problems (e.g. a herniated disc)
- Vertebral fractures associated with osteoporosis
- Rare, more serious causes include cancer, infection, vascular problems, and damage to nervous tissues
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Low Back Pain Treatments
Throughout the past decade, there has been a significant amount of research conducted on the various treatment options available for lower back pain sufferers.
Various treatment methods have undergone extensive testing and have been shown to be beneficial for the treatment of lower back pain. Due to the diversity of conditions that can cause lumbar spine pain, patients are advised to consult with their medical practitioner to establish an effective treatment plan for their specific condition.
The medical practitioner can also address any concerns and answer any questions that a patient has regarding their lower back pain symptoms. Additionally, they can also provide educational resources to the patient for further explanation.
There are several treatments for low back pain, including:
- Facet injections
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Medial branch blocks
- Proper nutrition and exercise
- Percutaneous discectomy
- Peripheral nerve stimulation
- Physical therapy
- Trigger point injections
- Chiropractic manipulations
- Disc denervation
- Epidural steroid injections
- Infusion techniques
- Lysis of adhesions
- Peripheral nerve blocks and ablation
- Selective nerve blocks
- TENS unit
- Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)