Low Back Pain Michigan

Low back pain is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle strain, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Causes:

  • Muscle strain or sprain: This is the most common cause. It can be caused by lifting heavy objects, sudden movements, or poor posture.
  • Herniated discs: This occurs when the soft tissue inside the disc between the vertebrae in the spine pushes out through a tear in the outer layer of the disc.
  • Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can put pressure on the nerves that run through the spine.
  • Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint disease that can cause pain and stiffness in the joints.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition where one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis: This is a type of arthritis that affects the spine and can cause pain and stiffness.
  • Sciatica: This is a condition where the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the back of each leg, becomes compressed or irritated.

Symptoms:

  • Dull, aching pain in the lower back: This is the most common symptom.
  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the lower back: This can be caused by a herniated disc or other conditions.
  • Pain that radiates down the leg: This is called sciatica and is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.
  • Stiffness in the lower back: This can be caused by muscle strain or other conditions.
  • Limited range of motion in the lower back: This can be caused by muscle strain or other conditions.
  • Muscle spasms in the lower back: This can be caused by muscle strain or other conditions.

Treatments:

  • Rest and ice: Resting the back and applying ice can help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Physical therapy: This can help strengthen the muscles in the back and improve flexibility.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or muscle relaxants can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Steroid injections: These can help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Medial branch nerve blocks: These test to determine to what extent pain is due to osteoarthritis.
  • Medial branch nerve radiofrequency ablation: This treats osteoarthritis of the spine by severing the nerve supply to the arthritic joint with heat.
  • Spinal cord neurostimulation: This is recommended when other treatment has failed, or surgery is not a good option.
  • Surgery: This is usually only recommended in severe cases where other treatments have not been effective.

If you have been suffering from Low Back Pain, please contact us at 248-594-7900 to set up a consultation with Dr. Nadjarian M.D. with locations in Bloomfield Hills and Commerce Michigan.  Dr. Nadjarian specializes in pain management and will take the time to discuss your treatment options.

Source(s)

  1. What is Low back pain and its causes and related conditions?
  2. Low Back Pain | Johns Hopkins Medicine
  3. UC San Diego’s Practical Guide to Clinical Medicine
  4. Spondylolysis: Causes, Treatment & Prevention – Cleveland Clinic
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