If you’re missing out on life because of chronic low back pain, the specialists at Advanced Interventional Pain Management can help. Jacob Abraham, MD, and Jose Garcia, MD, offer diagnostic testing and custom treatment services at their offices in Hot Springs, Little Rock, Texarkana, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas. They can uncover the root cause of your pain and provide treatment, like epidural steroid injections, to enhance your quality of life. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for low back pain, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Acute low back pain is generally the result of muscle strains due to overuse. This type of pain typically resolves within a few days with rest and home care.
Chronic low back pain lasts 12 weeks or more due to underlying issues that affect the lower part of your spine. These issues may result from trauma from a fall or other type of accident or due to degeneration of the structures in the lumbar (lower) spine.
Common causes of low back pain include:
In addition to persistent pain, you may also find it difficult to walk and stay physically active due to these conditions.
Your risk for chronic low back pain increases as you get older. You may also be more likely to experience low back pain if you’re overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or smoke.
To confirm or rule out possible causes of low back pain, Dr. Abraham and Dr. Garcia offer several in-office diagnostic tests. They start with a physical exam of your lower back to identify areas of swelling and tenderness.
X-rays and other imaging tests allow them to see the inside structures of your lumbar spine to identify arthritis, disc damage, and osteoporosis.
Once they understand the cause of your low back pain, your doctor creates a treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve your mobility.
Depending on the root cause of your pain, Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia may recommend oral anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. You may also benefit from physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your lumbar spine to relieve pressure on surrounding nerves.
If pain prevents you from engaging in exercise and physical therapy, you may be a candidate for epidural steroid injections. This treatment involves injecting steroid medications directly into the epidural space of your spine to reduce inflammation and lessen pain.
When you’re limited by chronic low back pain, you can rely on the expertise of the pain management specialists at Advanced Interventional Pain Management. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.