This pain can come and go in a matter of days or linger for months.
For most people pain in the lower back has become chronic, and thus it is one of the most difficult to diagnose and treat. At our clinic, we have the expertise and experience to help you find the right treatment plan and help set you free from your pain.
Using conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, x-ray or ultrasound guided injections, and non-narcotic medications, our El Paso back pain doctors specialize in non-surgical spine care. We only consider surgery after all conservative treatment methods have failed.
What is lower back pain?
Lower back pain is any pain you experience in the lower portion of your back, which begins just below your rib cage and ends in your buttocks. An estimated 80% of American adults are dealing with lower back pain at some point, and it's the leading cause of work-related disability.
The level of pain you experience can vary from a dull, irritating ache to extreme, piercing pain. It can come and go in a matter of days or linger for months. If it lasts for more than three months, it is considered a chronic pain condition.
What causes lower back pain?
Your lower back pain can arise from a variety of causes. More often it occurs because of a mechanical problem related to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones in your back. Causes of lower back pain include:
Muscle or ligament sprain or strain
Degenerative disc disease
A deformity in your spine, such as scoliosis, can also lead to lower back pain.
How is lower back pain diagnosed?
Our neurologists from El Paso will diagnose lower back pain after an examination and review of your medical history. To help formulate the diagnosis, it is important for you to provide as much detail as possible about the pain you are experiencing, as well as what you were doing when the pain started.
We might also prescribe medical testing, such as an x-ray or MRI so that he can take a closer look at your spine, which may help to identify the source of your pain.
What kind of lower back pain medication can help alleviate my lower back pain?
Our head physician is a surgeon, but we do not recommend surgery to alleviate the lower back pain, at least not as a go to option. Initially, our approach will focus on more stringent therapies, such as:
Modification of your activity
Anti-inflammatories and over-the-counter pain relievers
If these more conservative therapies do not provide you with the relief you need, and your lower back pain is caused by severe musculoskeletal damage or nerve compression, then our doctor can recommend surgery. If possible, he will use minimally invasive techniques to decrease the overall risk and help you get back to your normal activities faster.
Contact our center in El Paso today for deeply compassionate treatment of your pain, or use the online scheduling service to make an appointment.