Clark Integrated Medical Clinics
Chiropractic and Rehabilitative Care Centers & Integrated Medical Clinic located in Lafayette, LA & New Iberia, LA
If you’re dealing with lower back pain, whether mild or severe, you know it can wreck your day and stop you from doing your normal activities. Dedicated, compassionate care is available at Clark Integrated Wellness Clinics in Lafayette and New Iberia, Louisiana. With more than 30 years of combined experience in conservative and allopathic management of lower back pain, the doctors are ready to help you. Call or go online to schedule a consultation today.
Low Back Pain Q & A
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain can be caused by a specific movement, a sedentary lifestyle, trauma, or other chronic issues. Some of the most common causes for lower back pain can include:
- Muscle spasms
- Spinal joint dysfunction
- Disc herniation
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
Lower back pain can affect anyone, and about 80% of American adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Getting treatment early is one of the best ways to relieve lower back pain.
What structures are involved with lower back pain?
Lower back pain can have many sources in and around your spine. Depending on the location and type of pain you’re experiencing, your doctor can identify the structure that’s causing your pain.
Your lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints allow movement of your spine. If the joints don’t function properly, you will lose your normal range of motion, resulting in stiffness and pain.
Lumbar discs provide support and cushion in between the lumbar vertebrae. Discs can be injured with a simple sneeze or from greater trauma, causing sharp pain and potentially irritating the surrounding nerves.
Muscles and ligaments
Muscles and ligaments are support structures that assist with spinal movement. If they are sprained, strained, or torn, you may find that pain is worse with movement.
Nerves can be irritated by many lower back structures. With nerve irritation, you may feel shooting, burning sensations or numbness and tingling.
How is lower back pain diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask about your medical history and symptoms before completing a physical exam.
This exam will include tests to assess your flexibility, muscle strength, joint function, orthopedic fitness and neurological health. If needed, your doctor may request X-rays or an MRI.
With this information, your doctor will then diagnose what is causing your lower back pain and provide appropriate treatment options.
How is lower back pain treated?
Depending on the cause of your lower back pain, your treatment may involve chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation, medications, or regenerative medicine. Your plan will aim to relieve your pain and improve your lower back function to prevent future problems.
If lower back pain is troubling you, get help from the experts at Clark Integrated Medical Clinics. Call or go online to schedule a visit today.