Lumbar and Low Back Pain
Back pain, especially lower back pain, is the most common pain in America, according to National Institute of Health Statistics. Over 80% of Americans have had back pain at some time in their lives. The good news is that when it comes to treating chronic back pain, patients in Oklahoma City have a local partner at Oklahoma Pain Management.
Back pain can range from a dull, annoying ache to severe agony. Pain can occur at any point in the spine; however, lower back bears the majority of body weight and therefore most frequently exhibits pain symptoms. Our back pain specialists can help determine the cause of your pain and design a treatment plan that will improve your quality of life.
Lower Back Pain
Your lower back, or lumbar spine, is made up of small bone structures, called vertebrae. In between these vertebrae are small “gel pads” called discs that act as a cushion or shock absorber for the vertebrae. Over time or with injury, these discs can become damaged causing a bulge, herniation, or depletion of the disc causing chronic back pain. The spine is very complex with lots of moving parts and nerves. Your chronic back pain may be due to more than just disc problems and we are here to help diagnosis the location and cause of the pain.
Surrounding the spine are the muscles of the lower back, which provide power and strength for activities, such as standing, walking and lifting. A strain of the muscle can occur when the muscle is poorly conditioned or overworked. The ligaments of the lower back connect the five vertebral bones together and provide stability for the low back. A sprain of the lower back can occur when a sudden forceful movement injures a ligament that has become stiff or weak through poor conditioning or overuse. Improper or excess lifting or twisting may cause strains or spasms of the muscles that support the back, or more severely cause a disc injury resulting in chronic on-going pain.
The effects of aging, known as degeneration or “wear and tear,” can cause the discs to disintegrate and cause inflammation in the small joints. Almost everyone develops “wear and tear” changes in their low back as they age, although for most people it causes little pain or loss of function. However, when these changes are severe, they can cause stiffness and pain. Bone spurs and inflamed joints can cause nerve irritation and leg pain.
One natural effect of aging is decreased amount of bone mass. This is known as osteoporosis. Aging can also cause the discs between the bones in your spine to become dry and hard, which cause the spine to stiffen, leading to pain and discomfort. With age, there is also a decrease in the strength and elasticity of muscle and ligaments.
At Oklahoma Pain Management, we are equipped to diagnosis and treat your chronic low back pain with a variety of procedures.
If you are suffering from back pain, Oklahoma City’s best back doctors are just a phone call away.
We can usually see new patients within days pending insurance approval to help with their back pain.