Back pain is a common and serious ailment, which can be acute or chronic. Back pain can occur from injury such as auto accidents, lifting something heavy improperly, sports injuries, obesity, subluxations, kidney stones, and more. Physical conditions causing knee or hip problems, arthritis, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, conditions affecting the spine or discs, such as herniated discs, bulging discs, or nerve-related problems, can also cause back pain. Sciatica is a condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back that causes shooting pains and numbness in the lower back and legs. Determining the underlying cause of back pain requires special expertise in order to ensure the most effective and appropriate treatment is applied.
The providers at Arizona Pain Relief diagnose back pain with an examination, which includes a range of motion test, orthopedic tests, muscle tests, and neurological tests. If necessary, further diagnostics, such as MRIs or X-rays, may be ordered for an accurate diagnosis. During the exam, passive movements may also be used to pinpoint pain sources, and patients may be asked to perform simple exercises as well.
The condition causing the back pain will first be diagnosed and assessed to deliver the best possible treatment. Generally, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and restore movement. The clinicians at Arizona Pain Relief approach back pain with conservative and cost-effective treatments in the first instance and work up as necessary. Many patients respond well to relatively noninvasive treatments and avoid having to pay a fortune for prescriptions or even surgery. Some of the back pain treatments used to provide relief, as well as treatment to the root cause, include: