Back pain is one of the most common pain-related conditions, with over 80% of American adults suffering from back pain to some degree. If you need help finding effective relief for back pain, Bart Gatz, MD, and the team at American Interventional Pain Institute in Greenacres, Florida, can help. Dr. Gatz is a distinguished pain medicine specialist providing outstanding services for patients who are experiencing back pain. Request a consultation online or by phone today to learn more.
What causes lower back pain?
Back pain can arise for a number of reasons due to the complex interaction of the ligaments, bones, and muscles in and around the spine. Back pain that remains consistent for longer than three weeks is considered chronic, while acute back pain usually lasts for less than that. However, without the correct treatment, acute back pain may turn into a chronic problem.
There are several pre-existing conditions that can contribute to back pain, including:
- Depression and anxiety
Chronic lower back pain may also be due to conditions affecting your spine, such as degenerative disc disease and other disc problems, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis.
Many common causes of back pain are functional issues, such as poor posture, overstretching or overexercising, and trauma from accidents or post-surgical pain. Regardless of what’s causing your back pain, the team at American Interventional Pain Institute can help.
What are the symptoms of lower back pain?
Common symptoms of back pain include:
- Decreased agility
- Pain or aching in your lower back
- Numbness in your legs or feet
- Pain when walking, sitting, or standing
If your back pain is severe and isn’t relieved by over-the-counter pain medication, you should contact the American Interventional Pain Institute. You should also call for advice if you feel feverish or have chills and cold sweats, numbness or pain in your genitals, buttocks, or thighs, pain on the back of your knees, or swelling anywhere on your back.
How is lower back pain treated?
Treatments for back pain may vary according to the location and cause of the problem. At American Interventional Pain Institute, the team combines conventional approaches with selected complementary therapies and use only up-to-date scientific knowledge to provide the most effective treatments for lower back pain.
Treatments that may be part of your personalized care plan include:
- Partial vertebra elimination
- Partial disc elimination (discectomy)
- Chiropractic care
- High-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
- Artificial disc implantation
- Epidural steroid injections
- Cortisone injections
- Shiatsu (finger pressure treatment)
Treatment focuses on addressing the cause of your lower back pain to provide you with long-term relief without needing to use potentially addictive drugs or resort to unnecessary surgery.
If you have lower back pain, get the treatment that works by calling American Interventional Pain Institute or booking an appointment online today.