Low Back Pain
Your low back is tough - it supports your upper body and spine while also absorbing the force of every step you take. As a result, it's vulnerable to a range of painful injuries and degenerative conditions. For example, common causes of low back pain in Temple, Killeen, Waco or Georgetown include:
- Muscle and ligament strains and sprains
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal irregularities like scoliosis
You may also have low back pain from sciatica, which compression of your sciatic nerve, usually by a herniated disc, causes. In addition to low back pain, it can trigger pain, numbness, and weakness in one or both of your legs.
Your risk of developing low back pain increases as you age, and if you have a physically demanding career that requires you to lift and move heavy objects. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to low back pain.
When should I talk to a doctor about low back pain?
Low back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain that radiates through your legs. However, in most cases, your discomfort should subside within a couple of days of rest and at-home care such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice packs, and heating pads.
If your pain doesn't subside, gets worse, or interferes with your ability to move and carry out your regular responsibilities, make an appointment for assessment and customized treatments to relieve your pain and heal your body.
How is low back pain treated?
The team begins treatment with a comprehensive physical exam and consultation. They ask questions about your pain, overall health, and lifestyle. Your provider feels your back and spine for abnormalities and may ask you to walk around the office or perform some gentle bends so they can assess how your pain is affecting your mobility.
When your provider completes your exam, they create a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and improve your health. In most cases, the team combines therapies to approach your pain in several ways.
Some of the available treatments include:
- Spinal and postural screenings
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Corrective exercises
- Weight loss plans and nutritional supplements
- Regenerative medicine
If you're troubled by low back pain, especially if it's interfering with your quality of life, call today to schedule a consultation online today for expert, personalized care to alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life.