Lower back pain can change an otherwise normal day, and keep you on the sidelines of your own life. Finding effective relief from back pain is critical to staying healthy and active, and is an area of specialty at I-SPINE. If you live in or around Keller or Houston, Texas, contact the office to make an appointment to see Dr. Reginald J. Newsome. Phone service and online scheduling are both available, and make it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
What causes lower back pain?
Your lumbar spine -- the lower portion of your back -- houses a complex system of interconnected bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and joints. Those components work together to allow the strength, support, and flexibility you need to move.
This complex structure is incredibly versatile, but also susceptible to damage. When one or more lumbar spine components is injured, severe pain can occur.
There are two types of lower back pain:
- Mechanical pain: This is pain resulting from damage to your bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles. Discomfort is usually localized in your lower back, buttocks, or upper legs. Pain levels may change based on your activity type or intensity.
- Radicular pain: This type of pain occurs when a nerve root in your spine is compressed or damaged. It may create a sharp, burning sensation, or may be accompanied by sensations of numbness or weakness in your lower back, buttocks, or legs.
What are some treatment options for lower back pain?
Prescription medications can be an effective means of controlling lower back pain. However, medications come with a risk of serious side effects, including opioid addiction. Many people prefer to pursue other pain management options.
At I-SPINE, men and women have access to numerous pain relief treatments. One of the most exciting is interventional injection, an approach that provides effective pain relief through minimally invasive procedures.
Interventional injections work by “intervening” in the communication of pain signals from your nervous system to your brain. Dr. Newsome can choose from several types of injections to best address your specific needs.
Some injections introduce steroids or anti-inflammatory medication directly into the affected joint, while others paralyze the specific nerves that are transmitting pain signals.
Some of the interventional injections available at I-SPINE include:
- Facet joint injections
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections
- Lumbar sympathetic blocks
- Medial branch blocks
- Nerve root blocks
- Trigger point injections
Can physical therapy help with lower back pain?
Physical therapy can be an excellent way to address lower back pain, and I-SPINE offers physical therapy in-house. Physical therapy can be used as part of a post-operative recovery plan, or as a stand-alone treatment for back pain.
One of the most significant benefits of physical therapy is the ability to customize treatment. Your sessions might include passive physical therapy techniques like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasound, or heat-ice therapy. Active physical therapy techniques include stretching and targeted exercises to rebuild strength.
To explore these and other options for lower back pain relief, schedule an appointment with I-SPINE today.