Why Ongoing Lower Back Pain Should Always Be Checked Out by a Professional

Lower back pain, Conditions that can cause ongoing low back pain, treating chronic low back pain

Although most people experience low back pain at some point in their lives, it usually clears up after a few days, or at most, a few weeks. That’s called acute low back pain.

For a few people, low back pain persists, sometimes for 12 weeks or more. Then it’s classified as chronic low back pain. If you’re experiencing chronic low back pain, you should seek medical care.

Most often, low back pain is due to some mechanical malfunction in the structures of your back. Your spine is made up of vertebrae, with fluid-filled discs between each one. Nerves run through the spinal column, exiting through small openings called foramina.

As you age, the discs between your vertebrae begin to weaken, or degenerate, which can lead to pain. They may also bulge or rupture.

All of these kinds of mechanical problems in your back are likely to heal with rest, ice, and time. But when your back pain doesn’t go away with time, there’s potentially an underlying condition causing it. If you live around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or San Diego, California, you can visit our experts at Revive Medical for a full assessment of your ongoing low back pain.

Conditions that can cause ongoing low back pain

There are several conditions that can cause or contribute to low back pain, some of which are quite serious.

For example, if you have a tumor somewhere along your spinal column, it can compress nerves and cause pain. Other possibilities include:

Various types of arthritis can also cause low back pain, and in women, there are several gynecologic conditions that can contribute, such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. Osteoporosis and fibromyalgia are other possible causes.

Diagnosing chronic low back pain

If you’ve been in pain for weeks, months, or even years, you may not have much hope that our staff at Revive Medical can diagnose and treat your pain. We’re specialists and have extensive training, and though we can’t promise we’ll get to the bottom of your pain, we’ll certainly try!

The cause of low back pain can be notoriously difficult to pinpoint because imaging tests don’t always show the structures that are involved. For example, if your low back pain is being caused by an infection, it may not show up on an X-ray or even an MRI.

We’ll use a combination of physical examination, blood tests, imaging tests, and neurological tests to determine the cause of your pain. One of the most important benefits of integrative medicine is that we look at your health from a whole-person perspective. Instead of looking at just your low back pain in isolation, we’ll consider your overall lifestyle and health in our efforts to make a proper diagnosis.

Treating chronic low back pain

We offer several innovative and effective treatments for low back pain. For example, low level light therapy can decrease inflammation and improve your body’s ability to heal itself.

The most appropriate and effective treatment for your pain depends on the underlying cause. You may benefit from physical therapy, or we may need to treat your kidney stones. Because there are multiple potential sources of chronic low back pain, it’s critical to identify what’s causing yours before developing a plan to treat it.

If you’d like to learn more about the various causes of low back pain, how the source of your pain can be diagnosed and treated, or you’d like to ask questions about your specific situation, book an appointment online or by phone at Revive Medical.

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