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Low back pain is a common problem that affects about 80% of adults at some point in life. The pain management experts at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care treat all causes of back pain at their offices in West Plano, North Plano, and Addison, Texas. If you suffer from low back pain, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
The bones (vertebrae) in your lower back are the largest in your spine. This is because your lower back (lumbar region) supports the weight of your upper body and withstands powerful forces from actions such as lifting, bending, and twisting. Because the low back plays such a central role in the way you move, it’s susceptible to numerous injuries and conditions that cause pain.
Low back pain may range from mild to severe and last a few days to several months. Depending on the underlying cause, low back pain may worsen during certain activities, such as:
Some conditions, such as sciatica, may cause pain to radiate from your lower back down your buttock and leg.
The lumbar spine is composed of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and bones. Damage to any one of these structures can cause low back pain. Common causes of low back pain include:
Traumatic injuries such as from a fall, car accident, or playing sports may also cause low back pain. No matter how it occurred, any type of low back pain can make it difficult to perform regular activities.
First, your provider at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care carefully examines your back and reviews your symptoms and medical history. They may ask you to perform simple back and leg movements to evaluate your muscle strength and range of motion.
They may also take diagnostic tests, including:
Additionally, they may test your nerve functions with a nerve conduction study (NCS) or electromyogram (EMG).
Once they diagnose the cause of your low back pain, the team at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care develops a personalized treatment plan. Treatment varies depending on the specific cause and severity of your low back pain, but may include:
If your back pain persists despite treatment or is due to a structural abnormality, such as spinal stenosis, you may need surgery.
To learn more about treating low back pain, call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care or schedule an appointment online today.