For such a small area, low back pain has an amazing way of completely upending your life -- it’s the leading cause of missed work days in the United States each year. To help you overcome your low back pain, Dr. Steven Gorin at the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in North Miami, Florida, offers effective, nonsurgical treatments to get you back on your feet and moving again. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.
At the heart of your low back lies your lumbar spine, which consists of five large vertebrae that bear most of the burden of support and movement in your upper body. Separating these vertebrae are discs that provide cushioning, support, and shock absorption for your lumbar spine.
Surrounding your spine are your ligaments and muscles, which provide flexibility and support along your spine.
The third role your lumbar spine plays is serving as a passageway for your spinal cord. This point is important as you have a number of nerve roots that line your spine and radiate out to the rest of your body. These nerve roots are often the culprits of low back pain.
Given its role in supporting your upper body and allowing such a wide range of motion, from twisting to bending, it’s no wonder that low back pain is so prevalent. In fact, around 80% of Americans experience low back pain at some point in their lives.
The most common causes of low back pain include:
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it represents the lion’s share of back problems.
To treat your low back pain, Dr. Gorin runs a complete diagnostic evaluation of your problem area, starting with a review of your symptoms. This is perhaps the most important piece of the diagnostic puzzle because your symptoms help Dr. Gorin zero in on the problem.
For example, if you have shooting pain that radiates down one of your legs, odds are you have a herniated disc that’s affecting your sciatic nerve. Or, if your pain increases with certain movements and your muscles are cramping, these are signs of a back sprain.
Once Dr. Gorin makes his diagnosis, he treats your low back pain with the following:
Dr. Gorin works with you to find relief from your back pain while strengthening the area at the same time. And if you do need surgery, Dr. Gorin points you in the right direction.
To find relief from debilitating low back pain, call the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics or schedule a consultation online today.