Lower Back Pain: Orthopedic Treatment In Frisco, TX

by Administrator 12. January 2015 14:01

Lower back is a complex structure consisting of a number of overlapping and interconnected components such as muscles, tendons, soft tissues, nerves, ligaments, joints and spinal discs. Any problem or irritation with these can lead to pain in the lower back that can radiate down to the legs and other parts of the body. Although the condition is extremely common, the severity, cause and symptoms may vary in every patient.

Causes

  • Age Related Changes: As people age, many degenerative changes can be experienced in the spine and increase the chances of getting lower back pain
  • Over Activity: Another common cause of the condition is performing excessive and rigorous physical activity. This can result in stretching and soreness of back muscles, thus, causing pain.
  • Disc Injury: The spine is made of many vertebral discs that provide support and allow its movement. Any injury or dislocation of these discs can also be a cause of back pain. Disc injury occurs after turning the back suddenly or lifting with a wrong posture. Unlike a strain, lower back pain due to disc injury lasts for many days.
  • Spinal Stenosis: This condition causes the spinal canal to narrow down while putting pressure on the spinal cord, nerves and nerve roots.
  • Scoliosis: This is a condition causing the spine to develop an abnormal curvature and puts pressure on the spinal nerves. It can lead to pain in the lower back, down to the hips and legs.

Symptoms

  • Pain that worsens while lifting or bending
  • Pain increases after long periods of sitting, standing or walking
  • Pain may radiate down to the hips and legs
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the legs
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Soreness and inflammation upon touching the affected area

Treatment

  • Medications: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe certain over the counter anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from lower back pain. For severe symptoms, oral or injectable steroids may be recommended.
  • Physical Therapy: These may include heat or ice packs, massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Exercises may help to restore strength and motion to the lower back muscles, thus, relieving pain.
  • Braces: These can be worn to provide stability and support to the lower back. It will also provide relaxation to the back muscles and allow them to heal.
  • Surgery: This is usually not recommended as a treatment option. However, surgery might be needed if an underlying orthopedic condition is causing lower back pain.

For comprehensive treatment of back pain in Frisco, TX, consult Dr. Burg. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon, call at (214) 618 - 5502.

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