Lower back pain is a common cause of disability across the United States. If you’re struggling to move or do your job because of chronic pain in your lower back, you can get comprehensive pain management help at Interventional Pain Management Services, with two offices in St. Louis and one in Granite City, Missouri. The skilled team offers a variety of effective treatments, including steroid injections, to alleviate pain and encourage the natural healing of your body. Learn more about lower back pain relief options by calling the nearest office or booking a consultation online today.
One common cause of chronic lower back pain is age-related degeneration of your spinal vertebrae. As you get older, your bones and the soft tissues that support your spine wear down from use, resulting in pain and limited mobility.
Other causes of lower back pain may include:
Narrowing of the spinal column, a condition called spinal stenosis may also cause compression on your nerves that results in chronic lower back pain.
Additionally, low back pain could be the result of structural deformities in your spine, such as scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature in the spine.
You should schedule an evaluation for lower back pain that lasts for longer than a week. The specialists at Interventional Pain Management Services reviews your medical history, your job, and activities that you normally do to determine the potential cause of your back pain.
Imaging tests, like an MRI or X-ray, can identify abnormalities in your spine that cause pain, such as a herniated disc or nerve compression.
During your evaluation, you may need to make certain movements to help the doctors evaluate your range of motion and the painful areas of your lower back.
Initially, your treatment may involve rest and ice or heat therapy to alleviate pain and inflammation. You can also use over-the-counter medications to keep you comfortable and you should avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
To strengthen the muscles that support your low back, at-home exercises and physical therapy may be part of your treatment plan. Massage therapy might also help your muscles relax and increase blood flow to your lower back.
If pain doesn’t resolve with home care, you could possibly benefit from steroid injections that contain an anti-inflammatory medication to address irritation around your spinal nerves. Injections also contain an anesthetic that can relieve lower back pain for several weeks, giving your soft tissues and spine time to heal.*
If lower back pain is reducing your quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation. Book an appointment at the nearest Interventional Pain Management Services office online or by phone today.