Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Pain Treatment in Southern California
The spine is the main support for our body and provides protection for the spinal cord. The spine is has 33 vertebrae that permit us to maintain an upright position and bend. There are three spine regions: cervical (neck), thoracic (chest) and lumbar (lower back). The coccyx and sacral areas make up the bottom of our spine.
If you or someone you know suffers from lower back pain, you know how it can make life difficult. Lower back pain is a condition that affects 80% of the general US population. It ranks third as a cause for visiting doctors, after heart disease and arthritis, for adults over 40. The most common causes of lower back pain are muscle or ligament strain, bad posture, overuse and injury. Lower back pain can also be a symptom of a more complex spine problem that tends to get worse, such as:
Lower Back Pain Surgery in Southern California
If you are suffering from chronic or severe lower back pain, we urge you to see our spine surgeons at ONE® Brain & Spine Center® for consultation. While it may not be life-threatening, the pain may be debilitating and negatively impact your quality of life. Our Southern California Neurosurgeon, Dr. Burak Ozgur, has the education, training and experience in treating lower back pain. Call (949) 383-4190 to schedule an appointment.
With a lower back strain, the severity of the pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe, disabling pain, depending on the extent of strain and the lower back muscle spasms that result from the injury.
General lower back pain symptoms:
- Difficulty moving that can be severe enough to prevent walking or standing
- Pain that does not radiate down the leg
- Pain that moves around to the groin, upper thigh
- Achy and dull pain
- Severe muscle spasms
- Sore spot
Spine condition lower back pain symptoms:
- Steady pain
- More pain in the foot or leg than in the lower back
- Pain is commonly felt on one side of the the buttock or leg only
- Escalated pain after long periods of standing or sitting
- Relieve burning or tingling pain
- May be accompanied by weakness
- Numbness or difficulty moving the foot or leg
The clinical diagnosis for lower back pain is usually arrived at through a combination of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam. Imaging studies (MRI, CT-myelogram) are used to confirm the diagnosis and will typically show the impingement on the nerve root.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – MRI shows the soft tissues of the body and gives clearer picture of the discs, nerves and soft tissues in the lower back.
- Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)with Myelogram- Combined CT scan and myleography produces image that clearly show both the bone structures of the spine and the nerve structures
Treatment for lower back pain depends on the patient’s history, overall health, and the type and severity of pain. Most symptoms of lower back pain improve within six weeks of just rest, right exercises and medications, without surgery. If pain persists or worsens, more involved diagnostic and surgical procedures may be recommended.
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Epidural steroid injection
- Physical therapy
Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments
- Posterior Cervical and Lumbar Microdiscectomy (Microdecompression)- Microdiscectomy, also known as microdecompression, is one of the most commonly performed minimally invasive spine procedures. Beneficial for those with damaged discs at either the cervical or lumbar level, microdiscectomy effectively removes the pressure off the spinal nerves, relieving chronic neck and back pain without the recovery and rehabilitation time required with traditional, open discectomy spine surgery. Read more about Microdecompression.
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)- Spinal fusion is a procedure that “welds” two vertebrae of the spine together to create one solid bone and relieve chronic pain. The anterior approach for the lumbar fusion is through the front of the body– the abdomen– and is considered to be far more ideal than the traditional posterior approach, or through the back. Read more about ALIF.
- Posterior Cervical and Lumbar Microdiscectomy (Microdecompression) – Microdiscectomy, also known as microdecompression, is one of the most commonly performed minimally invasive spine procedures. Beneficial for those with damaged discs at either the cervical or lumbar level, microdiscectomy effectively removes the pressure off the spinal nerves, relieving chronic neck and back pain without the recovery and rehabilitation time required with traditional, open discectomy spine surgery. Read more about Microdecompression.
- Cervical and Lumbar Spine Arthroplasty – Spine arthroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the placement of an artificial disc after the removal of a damaged disc. Read more about Cervical and Lumbar Spine Arthroplasty.