Lower back pain affects two out of three adults at some time in their lives, but the fact that it’s common doesn’t make your pain any easier to tolerate. Robert J. Henderson, MD, at Dallas Spine Care, has extensive experience in determining the exact cause of your pain and providing effective treatment. He also specializes in helping patients whose lower back pain fails to improve and those with complex cases that other doctors won’t see. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office in Dallas.
Most cases of lower back or lumbar pain develop when you strain a muscle or damage other soft tissues, such as ligaments. These injuries often occur during everyday activities, such as twisting your back or lifting a heavy object.
If you suffer a high-energy trauma, such as a fall, sports accident, or car crash, your pain may be caused by a lumbar fracture. A patient with osteoporosis only needs to place slight stress on the spine to develop a painful compression fracture.
Age-related degenerative conditions such as a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, disc degeneration, and lumbar spinal stenosis are common causes of lower back pain.
You’re also at a higher risk of developing lower back pain from any cause if you spend a lot of time sitting or you’re overweight.
Radiculopathy develops when spinal nerves are compressed or injured. This type of lower back problem results in symptoms such as pain, tingling, and numbness that often travel along the nerve.
One of the most common types of radiculopathy is sciatica, and it occurs when the sciatic nerve in your lower back is compressed. Sciatica causes burning lower back pain and sends sharp, shock-like pain down one leg.
It’s essential to determine the exact cause of your lower back pain, which means considering all the possible underlying problems together with less common causes such as infection, inflammation, and referred pain.
Dr. Henderson may perform neurological testing and diagnostic imaging, as needed, to accurately diagnose the underlying cause.
Fractures require immediate treatment, often with a surgical procedure to repair the problem and stabilize your spine.
Most cases of lower back pain, however, get better over time and only need anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants to ease your pain while your back heals. You may also benefit from physical therapy to help you keep moving while your lower back improves.
When your pain persists, it’s severe enough to interfere with daily activities, or your spine is unstable, Dr. Henderson may recommend surgery, carefully selecting the type of surgery that’s most appropriate for your spinal condition.
As an expert in lower back surgery, he has successfully performed many procedures, including discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy, and spinal fusion.
To get the relief you need from lower back pain, call Dallas Spine Care or schedule an appointment online.