Virtually everyone pulls their back at least once in their lifetime, leading to a brief bout of pain and stiffness. But more than 40% of adults between the ages of 18-44 years struggle with chronic lower back pain that stops them from enjoying daily life. The experienced physicians at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group in Fresno, California, provide comprehensive care that has helped many people overcome their lower back pain and return to a more active lifestyle. To learn more about your treatment options, call the practice or schedule an appointment online.
When it comes to causing lower back pain, soft tissue injuries such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments are at the top of the list. Traumatic injuries that occur during sports activities, falls, and car accidents also lead to acute and chronic lower back pain.
Over the years, adults gradually develop degenerative conditions that cause chronic back pain. These conditions include:
A weak or inflamed sacroiliac joint, which is the joint where your hip bones connect with the base of your spine, is also a leading cause of lower back pain.
The conditions that cause your lower back pain also result in stiffness and limited mobility. Degenerative back conditions often compress the spinal nerves, causing pain, tingling, or numbness along the nerve. This type of nerve pain is called radiculopathy.
One of the most common types of radiculopathy occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed in your lower back. As a result, you develop sciatica, which is a sudden, electric-shock pain that radiates down one leg.
The pain caused by sciatica is typically worse when you’re sitting or lying down, and then temporarily improves by walking.
The first line of treatment for lower back pain includes conservative options such as modifying your activities, improving your posture, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. Depending on the cause and severity of your pain, exercises that strengthen and stretch your muscles may alleviate your pain.
If your pain doesn’t improve with conservative therapies, the team at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group may recommend interventional treatments. One type of interventional treatment, an epidural steroid injection, relieves your pain by reducing spinal nerve inflammation.
Other interventional therapies block the pain signals relayed through nerves to your brain. Your pain decreases when your brain doesn’t get the message. A few examples of this type of therapy include nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and radiofrequency ablation.
When your pain still persists, you may need to consider surgery to repair the underlying problem. A few surgical options include a discectomy to treat a herniated disc, a laminectomy to decompress pinched nerves, an artificial disc replacement, or a sacroiliac joint fusion.
The experienced team performs these and other spinal surgeries using minimally invasive techniques.
You can get relief from lower back pain at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group. Call or schedule an appointment online today.