Nearly everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. Chances are you’ve probably felt that dull aching, sharp pain or tingling or burning sensation in your lower back muscles. You may have even had pain or weakness in your leg, hip or the bottom of your foot, depending on the cause of your pain, which may include:
- Strain or tears to the muscles or surrounding tissues supporting the back
- Disc damage, such as herniated discs or bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Certain medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia
- Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
Preventing and Diagnosing Chronic Back Pain
Maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your abdominal muscles strong and flexible, and using good posture are all keys to preventing chronic back pain.
If you do experience pain, the exact cause can usually be determined through a medical evaluation and diagnostic testing. Your physician will examine your back and discuss your symptoms and medical history with you to help determine your diagnosis. Additional tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography scans (CT scans) may also be required to confirm a diagnosis.
Comprehensive Treatment at the Norton Leatherman Spine Center
If you are experiencing chronic lower back pain, there is hope – many nonsurgical treatment options can eliminate all symptoms and complications associated with this frustrating condition. Norton Leatherman Spine Center specialists may suggest a variety of nonsurgical chronic back pain treatment options, including:
- Physical therapy
- Cold/heat therapy
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Injections (to reduce swelling around a nerve)
- Mental health therapy (to help you better understand and manage your pain)
If these treatments don’t provide relief from your pain, spinal surgery may be an option, but only if you have nerve damage or the condition causing the back pain does not heal after a long period of time.
See a Back Pain Specialist
For more information about chronic back pain or to make an appointment with a spine specialist, please call the Norton Leatherman Spine Center at (502) 584-7525.