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Lower back pain is one of the third-most common causes of doctor visits, after skin conditions and joint disorders.
According to the Mayo Clinic, 80 percent of Americans have or will have either lower left back pain or lower right back pain as an adult. About a quarter of the U.S. population have been to see a doctor for low back pain in the last three months.
With those kinds of numbers, you’d think that the medical community would discover how to get rid of lower back pain once and for all.
But it’s not that easy, as many different factors can contribute to lower left back pain and lower right back pain.
Some of the lower back pain causes include:
- Back injury
- Disease, including arthritis
- Kidney infection
- Herniated disc
- Sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint pain
- Muscle sprain
- Ligament strain
- Kidney infection or kidney stones
- Bone fracture
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Spinal stenosis
- A tumor, which is very rare
- An aneurysm in your pelvis or abdomen
Common and Uncommon Symptoms
Because so many things can cause back pain, you may experience a range of symptoms, some of which aren’t even in your back. The type of pain you feel and the location of the pain can provide clues for your Midtown Manhattan sports medicine team, so describe your symptoms thoroughly when you go in for a visit. Symptoms you may experience include:
- Severe lower back pain
- Numbness in your back, abdomen, legs or feet
- Tingling down one or both legs
- Muscle weakness in your lower extremities
- Painful urination
- Pain that gets worse when you cough, sneeze or bend
When you’re feeling severe lower back pain or prolonged pain anywhere in your body, make an appointment with your doctor in New York City. If your primary care physician can’t diagnose the source of your pain, come into the Sports and Pain Institute of NY. You’ll find experts who not only can accurately diagnose your pain, but provide lower back pain relief too.
How Low Back Pain Is Diagnosed
Low back pain differs from upper back pain and middle back pain more than just its location. Lower back pain shows itself in different ways. To diagnose the source of your pain, your back pain specialist may need to run specific, targeted tests, such as:
- CT scan
- Discography, for which contrast dye is injected into a problem disc before a CT scan
- Myelogram, which is a contrast dye x-ray or CT scan
- Nerve conduction test
- Bone scan, using radioactive material
If your doctor suspects that you have sacroiliitis – sometimes incorrectly called sacroilitis – an MRI, CT scan or even an x-ray can confirm it. If further testing is required, you New York City doctor may apply pressure to areas between your buttocks and hips to find the source of your pain. As a final test for sacroiliitis, your doctor may administer an anesthetic injection into your sacroiliac joint.
How to Treat Lower Back Pain
Your Manhattan sports medicine physician knows how to relieve lower back pain. Your lower back pain treatment may start simply – with rest, over-the-counter medications or physical therapy. You can also try massage or chiropractic treatments. Only if severe lower back pain persists do other treatment options become available, including:
- Prescription-strength pain medication, such as anticonvulsants
- Steroidal injections, such as a lumbar epidural steroid injection
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Stem cell therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery, in rare cases
The exact treatment options depend on your particular case. If you’re suffering from sacroiliitis (or sacroilitis), you may need a sacroiliitis treatment like a nerve block injection. If you’re suffering from lower left back pain, you may just need rest. If you have lower right back pain, maybe you have a kidney infection.
Preventing Lower Back Pain
While your age, weight, fitness and family history have a bearing on your risk of experiencing severe lower back pain, you can take steps now to reduce that risk. Pay attention to your spine health today, and you’ll never have to seek lower back pain treatment. Follow these guidelines:
- Watch your posture, both when standing and sitting.
- Make sure you always have adequate lumbar (lower back) support when you sit.
- Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to maintain an optimum weight.
- Stretch properly before any exercise or physical activity.
- Lift objects with your legs, not your back; if it’s too heavy, get help.
- Sleep on your side, with your legs tucked into your chest.
- Avoid wearing high-heels.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes.
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