Understanding the Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments of Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Pain Treatment
Dealing with back pain can be a huge impediment to living a normal and healthy life. Back pain problems can cause tremendous pain, whether it is chronic or flares up from time to time. Many people find it’s hard to engage in day-to-day activities when dealing with such pain. The difficulty and immobilization can also have a negative impact on a person’s mood. For these reasons, treating back pain has become a major concern for people of all ages.
Lower back pain is a particular type of a backache that can vary from a dull pain that develops over time to the sudden, sharp or persistent pain felt around or below the waist. The pain often travels downward into the buttocks and sometimes into one or both legs.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
There are many different conditions that cause or contribute to lower back pain. The cause could be a pinched nerve that is generating pain and other symptoms. However, most often lower back pain is the result of on the following degenerative diseases, which means it will likely worsen as the patient gets older:
- Herniated Disc: A herniated disc happens when the interior matter within the disc escapes through a crack or ruptures the disc’s outer layer. This can cause nerve compression, inflammation, and pain.
- Spinal Stenosis: This happens when the spinal canal or a nerve passageway abnormally narrow.
- Spinal Arthritis: This problem affects the spine’s facet joints and may contribute to developing bone spurs.
- Vertebral Fractures: These are typically caused by a fall or some other type of trauma.
Symptoms of Lower Back Pain
The main symptom is aggravating pain in the lower back that may radiate to one or both buttocks. The pain is often triggered by activities like bending, stooping, lifting and twisting the core. These symptoms might last for years and usually begin when a patient is between 30 and 60 years of age. The nature of the pain can cause other disruptions in a patient’s life as well, including changing sleep patterns, mood disturbances, sexual changes and concentration problems. Patients usually report that they feel stiff when getting up from a seated position and sometimes feel tenderness around the lumbar spine and nearby joints.
Treatments for Lower Back Pain
There are a number of measures used to try to minimize lower back pain:
- NSAIDs/Muscle Relaxers: NSAIDs are over-the-counter drugs such as Ibuprofen and Advil that work to reduce the inflammation around the joints. Muscle relaxers are prescription medications that help to calm tense muscles in order to reduce pain.
- Narcotics: Pain relievers prescribed by a doctor work to block the pain that a patient experiences in the lower back in order to make it easier to go about daily activities, sleep, etc.
- Physical Therapy: In many cases, physical therapy can be very helpful in stretching and strengthening muscles and providing more support within the body to take pressure off of the lumbar spine. Therapy often includes lumbar traction and spinal exercises.
- Weight Reduction: Losing weight can help redistribute the amount of tension that is being placed on a group of muscles and joints and can relieve some symptoms of lower back pain.
- Spinal Injection: Injecting steroids into the spine can be helpful in decreasing the level of pain felt in the lower back.
- Spine Surgery: Lumbar spine surgery can be extremely helpful for some patients. Other patients report bad experiences that result in decreased back motion, decreased activity levels, chronic pain, muscle spasms and more. There is also a lengthy recovery time involved for back surgery.
Stem Cell Treatment
For lasting lower back pain treatment that San Antonio residents can count on, turn to the stem cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas. Patients can receive spinal stem cell injections for degenerative disc disease, SI joint arthritis and/or face joint arthritis. These procedures are a simple walk in/walk out and do not require inpatient care. Most people will find they can return to normal activities that same day.
How Does Stem Cell Treatment Work?
The stem cell procedure is an anti-inflammatory injection into the spinal discs or joints that helps to ease pain and restore some disc height. When disc degeneration happens, the spine vertebral bodies get closer together and put more pressure on the affected spinal joints. This is what causes lower back pain and what stem cell treatment can help alleviate.
Stem cell injections don’t involve any scarring or cutting of the spinal musculature as there is in surgery. It also limits complication rates. Combining stem cell and platelet injections help with healing lower back pain. A patient’s platelets help blood vessels to grow and increase blood supply to the disc, which aids in healing and pain. This treatment can even restore a partially collapsed and degenerative disc.
For patients who have been suffering from lower back pain, there is no need to continue feeling bad. Contact us at the Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas today to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for stem cell treatment. We provide lower back pain treatment that San Antonio, TX, residents can depend on.