Advanced Spine and Pain Centers
Orthopedic Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Stafford, VA & Fairfax, VA
Lower back pain is the second most common reason people go to the doctor, preceded only by cold and flu visits. Dealing with chronic lower back pain can be difficult; you may even find it hard to move or stand straight. At Advanced Spine and Pain Center, with offices throughout Fairfax County, VA, Stafford, VA & the Greater Baltimore, MD Area, the doctors offer accurate, specific diagnosis of lower back pain and effective treatments to get you back on your feet. Schedule your consultation online today and stop letting lower back pain control your life.
Lower Back Pain Q&A
What causes lower back pain?
Chronic pain often results from a sudden injury to the lower back’s muscles and ligaments. You may feel the first twinge of pain after moving too quickly or when you move or lift a heavy object. Lower back pain may also occur following an accident.
Lower back pain may also be caused by other medical conditions, including:
- Tense muscles or spasms
- Herniated or ruptured discs
- Spinal stenosis
When your lower back pain lasts more than a few days or worsens in intensity, you should see your doctor for a medical evaluation. The doctors at Advanced Spine and Pain Center offer innovative diagnostic services to pinpoint the root of your pain and treat it accordingly.
What are the symptoms of lower back pain?
If you have compressed nerves in your back, you may start to feel low-grade pain after periods of prolonged sitting or standing. If your pain is the result of an injury, you may experience:
- Constant dull aches
- Burning sensations
- Sharp or stabbing pain
Lower back pain may radiate into your hip, leg, or the sole of your foot.
Your doctor performs a physical exam and discusses recent activities or injuries to determine the cause of your pain. They may also recommend diagnostic testing like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI of your lower spine.
What treatments are available for lower back pain?
Once your doctor has made a diagnosis, they may recommend a single treatment or a combination of procedures to address your pain. Initial treatments may include a change in your fitness plan and over-the-counter pain relievers. They may also recommend physical therapy to restore your mobility and alleviate pain.
A lumbar brace is also a viable treatment option. Your doctor may recommend a wearable back brace that offers your lower back additional support and gives your muscles and ligaments time to heal from strains.
If these methods don’t resolve your pain, your doctor may suggest:
- Facet injections: a direct injection of steroids into your lower back
- Radiofrequency ablation: uses heated energy to stun nerves for long-term pain reduction
Your doctor monitors your pain levels and symptoms to ensure you are progressing in your treatment. If noninvasive pain management treatments are not helping, surgery may be an option.
If you’re looking for ways to relieve your low back pain, book your consultation online now.
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