Around 80% of Americans experience lower back pain at some point during their lives, and the pain is often so severe it leads to missed work. At Solutions Integrated Medicine in Elizabethton, Tennessee, our team of providers offers innovative and customized treatments for lower back pain to help you get back to your regular activities and restore your quality of life. Call Solutions Integrated Medicine or make an appointment online today.
If you have pain in your back that lasts longer than 48 hrs or consistently returns, you need to have it evaluated by an expert. Medical physicians commonly (and mistakenly) misdiagnose most low back pain as muscular in origin.
At Solutions, we have a combined experience of 60+ years. We find the majority of low back pain cases originate from a pinched nerve caused by an intervertebral disc that has shifted/misaligned. Fewer cases are caused by something else (SI joint, kidney, prostate, etc.), while the fewest cases being entirely muscular in origin. Disc problems are often complicated by other spinal conditions including…
Since the majority of low back pain cases tend to be a bulged or herniated disc, then the real question is what causes/contributes to spinal disc problems. For example, your lower back pain could be due to poor posture or other lifestyle factors that have all contributed to the weakened state of one of your discs. When the nucleus of the disc shifts, the result is a pinched nerve and pain. While this is caused by a physical misalignment, disc problems can occur from moving/lifting a heavy object or just sitting all day with poor posture.
Lower back pain is often classified by the length of time you’ve had it – acute or chronic. Acute low back pain has a sudden, quick onset (often from an injury), but may only last from 3-5 days to 2-3 weeks. Sometimes the acute low back pain patient will have muscle spasms or may even have an antalgic posture (bent, unable to straighten completely without pain), but the pain level is always high and frequent. While there are several conditions that can cause severe acute lower back pain, we find the majority to be bulged/herniated discs in the lumbar spine.
Chronic low back pain is ongoing regular pain that lasts for months/years. Lower back pain is also considered chronic if it is reoccurring over a long period of time. These cases are disc related as well, however often complicated by other areas of involvement. These include spondylosis (arthritis of the disc and facet joints), osteoarthritis (degenerative disc disease), spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis, compression fractures, surgery history and fibrous changes/calcification in surrounding muscular/ligamentous tissue. Chronic low back pain can be regular (or intermittent), low or high intensity pain, but is ongoing over a long period of time.
At Solutions Integrated Medicine, we are fully equipped and very good at handling both acute and chronic low back pain. Our focus on disc problems puts us on high alert for the fastest ways to get either type of low back pain to respond. Regardless of how long you’ve been suffering with lower back pain, we always perform all the necessary tests, exams and x-rays before delivering any treatment.
Our comprehensive exams are designed to identify your back pain’s root cause. Solution’s team of providers will ask about your symptoms, lifestyle and surgery/injury history. Next, our nurse practitioner may ask you to perform some stretches or gentle movements to help if specific nerves are being compressed and how your range of motion is affected. Next she will recommend x-rays.
Then the team at Solutions Integrated Medicine will meet to discuss all the findings of your exam. With input from several experts including our nurse practitioner, doctors of chiropractic and rehab specialists, we create a highly customized treatment plan to help your lower back pain. Most treatment plans we recommend for lower back pain include several therapies, modalities and accessories.
Your treatment plan may include:
Your provider may also recommend lifestyle modifications to reduce the physical stress on your back, improve your core strength, and enhance your overall health.
The best things you can do to lower your risk of low back pain and improve your overall health is to stay active and maintain a healthy body weight.
Regular exercise keeps your body strong and supple, which helps you avoid injury from an abnormal or unexpected movement. Make sure to work on your core strength; a strong core protects your spine as well as giving you defined abs.
Following a nutritious diet and maintaining your weight reduces the pressure on your spine, which lowers your risk of lower back pain.
You don’t have to live with lower back pain. Call Solutions Integrated Medicine today or make an appointment online.