Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain
If you have never had low back you, you might not know how bad it can be. We understand how bad low back pain can be and we are great at treating it. We can do things others can't because with us you have a team that is daily meeting and working out new ways to get rid of low back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

Why do I have lower back pain?

While lower back pain is a common side effect of trauma, like an automobile accident, it’s not the only cause. Sometimes lower back pain is only temporary, while other times, it’s long lasting. Either way, you need to get a diagnosis to see exactly what’s going on. You can have lower back pain for all kinds of reasons including:

  • Soft tissue strains and sprains

  • Improperly twisting while lifting

  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods

  • Herniated discs

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Bone deformities

  • Bone fractures

  • Infections

  • Tumors

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Bone spurs

  • Pregnancy

How is Back Pain Diagnosed?

The providers at Arizona Pain Relief diagnose back pain with an examination, which includes orthopedic tests, muscle tests, and neurological tests, X-ray and range of motion tests. If necessary, further diagnostics, such as MRIs or CT may be ordered for an accurate diagnosis.

If your lower back pain pain stems from a more serious condition, like a fracture, herniated disc, or tumor, you might need surgery. Your physician lets you know exactly what’s going on after looking at your X-rays. Usually, surgery only is an option after you’ve tried other non-surgical treatments first, but haven’t found relief.

What are the symptoms of lower back problems?

Generally, widespread lower back pain is the most common complaint when men and women have back issues. But you should also be aware of other concerning symptoms that can help your doctor better diagnose the cause of your lower back pain. For instance, you may feel:

  • Pain relief after changing positions

  • Sciatica pain down one leg

  • Numbness or weakness in your legs

  • Tingling in your lower back, buttocks, feet, or legs

  • Chronic sharp, shooting, or dull pain in your lower back

How is lower back pain treated?

Your treatment plan is catered to your specific diagnosis and can include many types of treatment options. 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 first and work up as necessary. Many patients respond well to relatively noninvasive treatments and avoid having surgery. Some of the back pain treatments used to provide relief, as well as treatment to the root cause, include:

  • Manual chiropractic adjustments

  • Physical therapy

  • Regenerative medicine (PRP, Amniotic Allografts, ect)

  • Prescription medication

  • Both steroid injections and non-steroid injections

  • Trigger Point Therapy

  • Cold laser therapy

  • Electrical stimulation therapy

  • Neural Stimulation

  • Biofeedback

  • Massage therapy

  • Rehabilitation

When should I see a doctor if have lower back pain?

Pain typically is a sign that something is off in your body. Ideally, you should make an appointment as soon as you have an injury, or start noticing pain in your back. You should make an appointment right away if your lower back pain:

  • Causes you to miss work regularly

  • Makes you miss out on social events

  • Interrupts your sleep

  • Makes sitting uncomfortable

  • Interrupts your daily activities

Why you should NOT "wait and see"?

Did you know most people ignore low back pain? At least until it gets so bad that they can’t ignore it anymore. Most people experience something like this: “I have had low back pain on and off over the years but it always went away after a few days to a week, This time it did not go away.” Pain is the body's way of telling us there is something wrong. If we ignore it our body finds a way to compensate but eventually it has used up all of its options and can’t compensate any more, this is when most people come see us. We can absolutely help you if you are in this situation but we would advise you to come in way before it gets to that point. The longer you ignore pain, the more expensive and difficult it becomes to fix. Think of pain like the change oil light on your car, if you ignore it the car will keep running until the engine burns up and you need a new engine or a new car. It's much cheaper and easier to just go get the oil changed. The truth is while you can replace your engine or get a new car you can't go get a new body or replace your spine. That is why they work so hard to staple, fuse and patch it back together. We believe you can get better without the use of drugs or surgery, BUT only if you take your health into your own hands be proactive. If you are feeling pain or see a pattern in your condition then come and see us, we will give you the answers you need to make an educated decision your health. If you choose we can often help get you back to being active and strong through treatment at one of our facilities.

 

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