Lower back pain is one of the most common causes of lost work days and restricted physical activity, and it can become a chronic problem if left untreated. Harvinder S. Bedi, MD, of Camelback Spine Care in Sun City, Arizona, and Phoenix, Arizona is a board-certified spine surgeon who specializes in restoring patients’ mobility and relieving back pain. If you’re experiencing pain in your back, call Camelback Spine Care today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Lower back pain can be due to an acute injury or continual strain on the back, or it may be due to problems with the spine. Typical causes of lower back pain include:
Acute lower back injuries result in immediate pain and often an inability to move freely, whereas chronic lower back pain develops more slowly, or as a consequence of an acute injury not receiving appropriate treatment.
Lower back pain may last for months and sometimes years, causing reduced mobility and discomfort that can severely impact your work and home life.
Leading a healthy, active life and maintaining the correct posture are essential in preserving the health of your back.
You should also think about how you lift, and indeed whether you need to lift something heavy or awkward at all.
Keeping active and building up strength in your core muscles help you lift correctly.
Treating mild back pain involves applying gentle heat to your back, stretching and exercising gently, and avoiding anything that aggravates the pain. Don’t be tempted to stay in bed, as it’s now known that remaining active is more beneficial, as long as you don’t overdo it.
It’s a good idea to find out what’s causing your lower back pain by visiting Camelback Spine Care before your condition gets any worse, so you can be sure you’re getting the right treatment.
The treatment Dr. Bedi recommends for your lower back pain depends on the cause. Pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs can help with pain and inflammation, or you may need an epidural steroid injection.
There’s also a range of physical therapies that could be helpful, such as:
Surgery for lower back pain may be an option if you’ve been receiving conservative treatments for at least six months with no improvement. Dr. Bedi discusses the options with you, which may include spinal fusion or disc replacement.
If lower back pain is affecting your life, call Camelback Spine Care today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.