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What is Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain affects nearly 80% of adults. The structures of the lower back are a complex group of muscles, ligaments, and bones that help to support the entire body. When any part of the structure becomes inflamed or injured, it can cause pain in the lower back.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Several factors can contribute to the occurrence of low back pain, including age, stress, and injuries. Lifting heavy objects or twisting incorrectly are common reasons for injuries that can tear or overly stretch the muscles in the low back. Stress can also contribute to lower energy levels needed to support the back. The structures of the spine work in sync with one another, so finding the exact cause of low back pain may not be apparent. The best place to start is booking an evaluation with Texas Surgical Hospital to evaluate your pain history and determine the right care path for you.
What Are Common Lower Back Pain Symptoms?
The symptoms of lower back pain vary depending on the circumstance and injury. Some experience dull aches while others feel a stabbing or lightning sharp pain brought on suddenly. There is a range of symptoms such as:
If you are experiencing the symptoms of lower back pain, use our pain assessment tool to start your diagnosis.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain
As there are many factors that contribute to low back pain, there are also many options for treatment outside of surgery that can help reduce inflammation and pain. These should be utilized before more serious options are considered. The non-surgical treatments include:
Surgical Treatments for Low Back Pain
If all of the non-surgical options fail to deliver results over time, surgical treatments may be the next step on the path to relieving lower back pain. Surgical options for lower back pain include:
As with any spinal condition, it’s important to seek medical advice and treatment before the condition becomes too serious. Whether non-surgical or surgical treatment, the path to a pain-free life waiting is for you. Find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder assessment.