Almost every adult will deal with low back pain at some point in their life. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people head to the doctor. While most cases of acute low back pain will go away without intervention, a visit to an urgent care center can help rule out more serious conditions and ensure you’re on the quickest road to feeling better.
- Muscle aches in lower spinal region
- Shooting or stabbing pain
- Pain that:
- radiates down your leg
- worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking
- improves with reclining
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms above, then head into our clinic whenever it’s convenient for you. Our providers can review your medical history and lifestyle for signs of systemic diseases, social and psychological stresses, and risk factors that may be contributing to your pain. We will perform a comprehensive physical exam to inspect the back, assess areas of tenderness, and evaluate your spinal mobility. Through this medical evaluation, we can help narrow down the cause of your low back pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Some common causes of lower back pain include:
Muscle and Ligament Strains
Lifting a heavy object or twisting suddenly can strain the muscles in your back or the ligaments of your spine and cause diffuse back pain.
The intervertebral discs that act as cushions in your spin can become compressed and bulge outward (herniation) or rupture, causing dull or sharp shooting low back pain.
Commonly caused by osteoporosis, a spinal compression fracture occurs when a bone in the spine collapses, leading to debilitating back pain as a result.
A breakdown of the cartilage of the joints and discs in the lower back can make movement difficult and painful.
Scoliosis, a condition in which your spine curves to the side, can lead to back pain later in life.
Many cases of chronic, low back pain stem from a sedentary lifestyle with sitting for long hours on end in combination with tight, overused lower extremity muscles such as the gluteus medius, piriformis, and hamstrings. If this sounds like you, simple at-home therapies may be just what the doctor ordered. Use a tennis ball as you would a foam roller to target specific muscles and encourage them to relax. Finishing the day with a hot Epsom salt bath can also help loosen up low back muscles and relax the body for a night of restful sleep which is essential for healing. Just be aware that heat may trigger painful muscle spasms in some acute low back injuries. So, reserve these hot baths for chronic muscle tension without muscle spasms. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the bath for a spa-like treat. Lavender, peppermint, and spruce are particularly relaxing.
Visit our clinic today to better understand your lower back pain. Our talented and friendly medical team can quickly evaluate your symptoms, and determine a treatment plan to help you find relief. Initial treatment for low back pain may include hot or cold packs, over-the-counter pain relievers, and physical therapy. Integrative medicines such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, yoga, and massage may also be helpful.