Almost everyone experiences back pain during their lifetime, but some people suffer from persistent pain that interferes with their daily activities. According to research at the National Institutes of Health, lower back pain is a leading reason people miss work. An estimated 16 million people suffer from disabling chronic low back pain, and Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute confirms that approximately 83 million work productivity days are lost due to back problems.
At Vulcan Pain Management, our dual board-certified pain management physician, Victor Mendoza, MD, assesses and diagnoses the root cause of your lower back pain. Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing are dull, persistent pain that gets worse when you sit for a long time, pain that lessens when you move around or change positions, and pain that radiates to your hips and buttocks.
Read on to learn what may be causing your pain and how he can help you when your back is aching.
Common causes of lower back pain
Some of the top reasons that people seek chiropractic and medical care for back pain are due to:
- Soft tissue injury
- Mechanical issues
- Torn ligament
- Pulled muscle
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Facet joint dysfunction
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Spinal stenosis
Your back may be hurting because you’ve experienced some trauma, injury, or fracture.
Other causes of low back pain
Though not nearly as common as the causes above, your back may be hurting because of:
- A tumor
- Spinal infection
- Autoimmune disease
Dr. Mendoza works earnestly to evaluate your overall health in light of your back pain so he can treat the root of the problem, not merely the symptoms.
Treatment options for lower back pain
If your low back pain prevents you from doing the things you love or being productive at work, Dr. Mendoza wants to help you. Depending on the severity of your situation and your unique health needs, he tailors a plan to treat you that may include some or a blend of the following effective therapies:
- Weight loss
- Specific exercises
- Orthotic shoes
- Ergonomic devices for sitting and working
- Steroid injections
- Prescription pain medications
- Facet joint injections
- Laser treatments
- Cervical medial-branch blocks
You don’t have to live with chronic back pain. There are hope and help at Vulcan Pain Management. Call now to book your appointment or use the online scheduling option to reserve your time.