While occasional pain in your lower back doesn’t always require medical treatment, chronic lower-back pain needs the attention of a skilled physician. At Vulcan Pain Management in Birmingham, Alabama, Victor E. Mendoza, MD offers comprehensive assessment and treatment options to address the root cause of lower-back pain. He accepts most commercial insurances and also works with patients that don’t have insurance. He meets with you directly at each visit and creates a custom treatment plan to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life. To find out which treatment is right for your lower-back pain, schedule an evaluation online or by phone.
Many factors can influence your risk for developing lower back pain. You could develop chronic pain in your lower back due to the natural changes in your body as you age, a chronic medical condition, or due to a fall or an injury when lifting a heavy object.
Common causes of low back pain include:
Lower-back pain can also result from underlying medical issues, like heart disease or cancer.
Pain in your lower back can feel like a chronic, dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain that worsens when you move. Pain can come and go or be persistent whether you’re active or not.
Lower-back pain might make it difficult for you to stand up straight or walk comfortably. You can also experience pain that radiates down into your legs and hips when you move.
Dr. Mendoza reviews your symptoms and the severity of the pain you have. He performs a physical examination, testing different points of your back to pinpoint the location of your pain.
Depending on the nature and location of your pain, Dr. Mendoza can request imaging tests, such as X-rays or an MRI, to rule out underlying medical issues, like fractures or degenerative disorders, that can cause you pain.
Dr. Mendoza could recommend lifestyle changes to reduce the pressure on the discs of your lower back. These changes could include getting adequate exercise, eating a well-balanced diet, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.
If these changes aren’t effective in preventing lower-back pain, Dr. Mendoza could suggest using ergonomic furniture and equipment, such as orthotic shoes, to ensure you’re using correct posture and getting enough support when you’re sitting, standing, and walking.
Dr. Mendoza can also recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce inflammation and control pain. Steroid injections can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in your spinal discs.
Vulcan Pain Management also offers advanced treatment options, including one of Erchonia Corp.’s laser systems, which supply cells with energy that stimulates your body’s natural ability to repair and regenerate damaged cells.
Learn more about available treatment options for lower-back pain by calling Dr. Mendoza’s office or using the online booking feature.