Lower Back Pain

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Southwest Pain Management

Pain and Sports Management Physicians & Pain Management located in Irving, TX

Lower back pain can strike at any time and is one of the most common causes of pain and disability in the United States. If lower back pain is affecting your life, the team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, can help relieve your discomfort. The gifted team has considerable expertise in using conservative treatments for many of the causes of lower back pain, so give the clinic a call today or book an appointment online.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What is lower back pain?

About 80% of adults experience lower back pain at some point during their lifetime. It’s the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays.

Lower back pain can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves you unable to move. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or injury, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine.

Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. It tends to resolve on its own with self-care. 

The majority of acute low back pain is mechanical in nature, meaning that there is trauma to vertebrae, muscles, intervertebral discs, connective tissues, or nerves.

What are the main causes of lower back pain?

Sprains and strains account for most acute lower back pain. Sprains are caused by overstretching or tearing ligaments, and strains are tears in tendons or muscles. 

Both can occur from twisting or lifting something improperly, lifting something too heavy, or overstretching. Such movements may also trigger spasms in back muscles, which can also be painful.

Other causes of lower back pain include:

  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Radiculopathy (nerve root compression)
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis (vertebral slippage)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column)
  • Congenital anomalies such as scoliosis.
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome (failed back surgery syndrome)
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sacroilitis
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)

Treatment for lower back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic, and what’s causing it.

How is back pain treated?

The team at Southwest Pain Management first needs to diagnose the cause of your pain so they can create a personalized treatment plan for you. 

As well as a physical exam and a review of your medical history and current symptoms, you may need to undergo diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, an MRI scan, or a CT scan.

Depending on the cause of your lower back pain, your treatment plan might include:

  • Hot or cold therapies
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Yoga
  • Physical therapy programs
  • Medications
  • Trigger point injections
  • Epidural injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency rhizotomy

If you’re experiencing lower back pain that isn’t responding to home treatment, don’t let the problem get any worse. Call Southwest Pain Management today to schedule a consultation or use the online booking tool.