June 26, 2017

Lower back pain remedies when you aren’t ready for surgery

Neck, Back and Spine | Non-operative Care


In this blog post, pain management physician, Dr. Meredith Langhorst answers your low back pain questions and shares some back pain remedies and prevention measures.

Read on to get her expert answers on what you can do to treat lower back pain if you aren’t ready to have surgery.

What are some common causes of lower back pain?

Lower back pain is extremely common and many people are looking for back pain remedies. Eighty percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life.

Soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains are the most common cause of back pain. Disc injuries and arthritis of the spine are also a potential source of lower back pain.

How do these injuries or conditions occur?

These painful episodes in the lower back are typically caused by lifting a heavy object or twisting the spine while lifting. Sudden movements that place too much stress on the spine can also result in lower back pain.

Poor posture over time and abdominal weakness can play a role as well. Also, prolonged sitting, inactivity or sports injuries can also cause lower back pain.

When should you schedule an appointment with a pain management specialist?

You should schedule an appointment if you are experiencing lower back pain that radiates into the leg and is associated with any strength loss in the lower leg.

Additionally, if you are experiencing a change in bowel or bladder function you should be evaluated. There are many treatment options and back pain remedies that can help a patient recover from this pain and dysfunction.

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What aWhat are some non-operative low back pain remedies?

Physical therapy for core strengthening, posture education, proper lifting techniques and stretching exercises is still the most common form of back pain remedies.

For pain that is producing other dysfunction, injection therapy may also be beneficial. Some people also benefit from non-narcotic medication management.

There are also FDA approved clinical trials for the management of chronic lower back pain available. We are hosting one now that is for an implantable device that stimulates an important stabilizing muscle of the spine to improve back pain.

Learn more about converative options for treating back pain without surgery.

Are there ways to prevent low back pain? If so, what are they?

Proper exercise is important for the prevention of lower back pain and is good for our overall health and weight management. Avoiding prolonged sitting on a regular basis and inactivity is especially important to prevent issues with chronic low back pain.

In the workplace we are all busy and may forget proper office ergonomics. Standing at adjustable desks, walking every hour and using proper lifting techniques will help prevent lower back pain, as well as other injuries.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Lower back pain is a very common occurrence in our population. Much of it can be avoided by taking good care of our bodies with proper exercise and nutrition.

If your pain is persistent or you are having dysfunction in your activities of daily living, seek medical care. We have many forms of treatment and back pain remedies that can help you return to a normal life.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Langhorst please call 317.802.2879 or learn more about non-surgical orthopedic care at OrthoIndy.

Schedule an appointment

Your well-being is important to us. Our team can help you with treatment options and back pain remedies to get you the relief you need. Schedule online or call us to set up an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists.

If your injury or condition is recent, you can walk right into one of our OrthoIndy Urgent Care locations for immediate care. For rehabilitation and physical therapy, no referral is needed to see one of our physical therapists.

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