When to Get Professional Help for Your Lower Back Pain

Your spine and the other structures that make up your back provide stability to your body. These structures also make it possible for you to move in a variety of ways. Your lower back (lumbar spine) especially bears the weight of your body and is susceptible to injury.

When any of the joints, muscles, or other soft tissues are damaged or begin to wear out, your lower back will likely let you know. 

At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, knows how disruptive back pain can be and specializes in diagnosing and treating all underlying causes of lower back pain.

Pay attention to the cry for help

Knowing when to get professional help for lower back pain is an essential part of your recovery. Dr. Bo offers some insight into evaluating your own lower back pain, so he can ensure you get the treatment you need before things get worse.

Essentially, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care when you can no longer manage lower back pain with rest and over-the-counter medications. Pay attention to where you feel pain and when.

It’s not advisable to wait until the pain is so severe that you can no longer be physically active. Waiting too long can jeopardize both your lower back health and your chances for a full recovery. Don’t ignore warning signs, like pain radiating down into your hips and legs, that may indicate your condition is worsening.

Understanding the cause of your lower back pain

Acute lower back pain is often the result of minor strains in the muscles that support your spine. This type of pain doesn’t generally last more than a few weeks and gets better with pain relievers and home care. When these measures aren’t effective at controlling your pain, it can be a sign that something more serious is going on.

Chronic lower back pain often stems from degenerative diseases that continue to worsen without proper treatment. Dr. Bo recommends scheduling an evaluation early on, so he can properly diagnose chronic conditions like:

Each of these conditions can cause pain that worsens over time and can even lead to disability. By understanding what’s causing your lower pain, you can learn how to minimize the pain while protecting the long-term health of your lumbar spine.

Early treatment options for lower back pain

By getting the help you need at the start of your pain, Dr. Bo can help you treat it using minimally invasive techniques. These treatments can be effective enough to treat your condition, so you won’t have to have spine surgery.

Initially, injections of steroids can reduce inflammation and relieve the pain in your lower back. Without pain, you should be able to exercise more often and participate in physical therapy. By keeping the muscles that support your spine strong and flexible, you can reduce your risk for ongoing pain and injury.

If your back pain is becoming unmanageable, schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Bo by calling The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care or by booking an appointment online today.

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