As people age, bone strength, muscle elasticity and tone tend to decrease. The lumbar discs begin to lose fluid and flexibility, which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae. If the spine becomes overly strained or compressed, a disc may rupture or bulge outward. This rupture may put pressure on one of the more than 50 nerves rooted to the spinal cord that control body movements and transmit signals from the body to the brain. When these nerve roots become compressed or irritated, lower back pain results.
Symptoms can vary greatly and depend on the conditions and their severity. Common lower back conditions can cause numbness, tingling, or pain that radiates through either or both legs. Numbness and tingling usually indicate a more serious condition. If you experience these symptoms, it is important to seek immediate correction to avoid further damage that could result in the need for serious spinal surgery.
There are a variety of diagnostic methods to confirm the cause of low back pain such as an MRI, x-rays, ultrasounds, and even visual examinations. Possible conditions include herniated discs, osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, or even a spinal fracture.
Non-surgical treatments for lower back pain:
- Impar Ablation
- Impar Block
- Facet Ablation or Rhizotomy
- Facet Blocks
- Stem Cell Injection Therapy
- Cancer Pain Treatment
Surgical treatments for lower back pain:
- Endoscopic Discectomy
- Percutaneous Discectomy
- Axial Fusion
- Endoscopic Foraminotomy
- Facet Fusions
- Cervical Disc Replacement
- Interlaminar Spacer
- Percutaneous Carpal Tunnel Release
- TLIC (Tranforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
- Resurfacing Shoulder Replacement Treatment