9 out of 10 American adults will experience back pain in their lives, making it the fifth most common cause for visits to the doctor.
Back pain is usually caused by an injury to a complex and interrelated network of spinal nerves, bones, tendons, muscles, discs and ligaments in the lumbar spine. With the possibility of stiffness and muscle aches to accompany back pain, this condition can limit your mobility and make certain postures or positions painful. The combination of these factors can lead to serious interference with your ability to perform daily activities, affecting your overall quality of life.
Symptoms can include:
- pain caused by damage to intervertebral discs, which may be bulging or degenerating
- irritation of the large nerve roots in the lumbar region of the back that lead to the legs
- irritation in the smaller nerves that supply the lower back
- pain in the large paired lower back muscles, called the erector spinae, which may be strained
At CPWC, our spinal experts will diagnose your condition by reviewing your medical history and performing a thorough physical examination to test your muscle strength, reflexes and range of motion.
The most common course of treatment is medication combined with physical therapy and patient education related to preventative activities to be integrated into your daily routine.
Other common treatments include:
- cold and heat therapy
- epidural steroid injections
- spinal cord stimulation
- facet Injections
- radiofrequency ablation (RFA)