Low back pain is a serious issue, affecting as many as 31 million Americans at any given time. The team of doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine in Tucson, Arizona, has a combined 70 years of experience, evaluating and treating low back pain and providing improved function and relief from debilitating pain. Call one of the two offices or request your consultation using the online tool to find out how to relieve acute or chronic low back pain.
When you strain or pull a muscle, low back pain may result. But, the pain can also result due to a number of degenerative conditions, including osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. Other causes include a herniated or ruptured disc as well as the following:
Lower back pain can be dull and aching or sharp and intense. You may notice it most when you wake up in the morning or have been sitting for a while. Pain may possibly radiate to your buttocks and feet, too.
The doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine conduct magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-rays, laboratory studies, nerve conditions studies, and complete musculoskeletal evaluations to help them arrive at a diagnosis for your low back pain.
In long-term, chronic cases of low back pain, injection studies may be used for diagnosis. The doctors inject anesthetics and steroids into areas of pain along your spine to see how your pain responds. Your body’s reaction helps the doctors determine the location, type, and nature of your pain.
If you have a strain or sprain or a short-term, acute case of low-back pain, conservative therapies are usually sufficient. These may include over-the-counter pain medications and physical therapy, along with other regular physical activity. Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, quitting smoking, and movement modification, also help.
The doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine also offer steroid spinal injections, nerve blocks, and spinal stimulators to help you find relief from the pain associated with inflamed and compressed nerves. These treatments help numb the pain signals from the nerves that are causing your pain.
A spinal cord stimulator is a device surgically implanted just under your skin. It sends a mild electrical current to your spinal cord, stimulating nerves in the area. The pulses from the device mask the nerves’ pain signals so they can’t reach your brain. The stimulator isn’t a cure for pain, but it does eliminate symptoms of serious low back discomfort.
If you have low back pain interfering with your daily life, call Rincon Pain and Spine or request an appointment using the online booking tool today.