We’ve all felt the minor aches and pains in our lower back after a hard day’s work, but what about lower back pain that becomes chronic and severe? What about lower back pain that drastically impacts our quality of life? The team at The Pain Experts of Arizona are ready to get you back to pain-free living, with treatment options for every stage of injury and level of lower back pain. Proper diagnosis and treatment can prevent acute lower back pain pain from becoming chronic, and it starts with a visit to The Pain Experts of Arizona!
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This approach can lead to long-term pain relief, especially when combined with physical therapy and restorative exercise
8. Spinal cord stimulation
This minimally invasive device replaces chronic pain signals with a mild electrical current. The current produces a slight tingling sensation on the skin, replacing the feelings of pain.
For many patients, this represents a great option to avoid more invasive surgery.
Surgery is a treatment of last resort for unresponsive back pain.
Surgery is used to repair damage and restore your back’s structural integrity to prevent further injury. Always talk candidly with your doctor about less invasive options to attempt before surgery.
Lower back pain symptoms are familiar to anyone who suffers but can vary from person to person.
Depending on what causes your pain, you may experience some or all of the following lower back pain symptoms:
Pain in the lower back
Inability to point big toe upwards
Numbness in leg
Pain radiating down your leg
Pain that worsens with inactivity or activity
Weakness in legs
Loss of bowel or bladder control is a rare symptom of a dangerous condition that requires emergency medical care. If you experience this system, head to the nearest emergency medical provider.
A full medical history is the first step towards an accurate diagnosis. This helps your doctor determine the best course of treatment and to see if there are underlying issues to address.
Your doctor will also conduct a physical examination to test your range of motion and pain levels. If the medical history and physical exam do not provide enough information, they may order diagnostic testing.
Possible diagnostic tests for lower back pain include:
Diagnosis also depends on the location of pain, the history of the injury, and the determination if there has been a prior injury.
Lower back pain can be divided into three distinct types, each with their own characteristics.
Axial pain: This is mechanical pain that occurs due to strain placed on the muscles that run along the sides of your spine
Radicular pain: Also referred to as radiating pain, this is sharp, shooting pain that radiates outward
Referred pain: Referred pain comes from another part of the body and is usually dull and achy
For as strong and beautifully constructed as the back is, there are many different ways it can lead to pain.
The most common lower back pain cause is pulled or torn muscles or ligaments. Anyone who has spent a long day weeding a garden or working at a construction site knows what this feels like!
Pregnancy often causes lower back pain that resolves after birth. Additionally, issues with the organs (e.g., kidneys and ovaries) can cause lower back pain that is unrelated to any of the above conditions.
Lower back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. It costs the U.S. an estimated $50 to $80 billion dollars in direct medical costs annually, and another $15 to $20 billion in other costs (e.g., lost productivity and wages). In the U.S, we miss almost 187 million days of work due to lower back pain; it’s one of the most common reasons people call in sick.
Across the globe, women are more affected by lower back pain than men.