How to Treat Severe Lower Back Pains
If you’ve ever experienced severe lower back pains, you know how debilitating and frustrating they are. You can’t ignore them and go about your day. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced this pain at some point, or more than you would like, and you’re looking for relief.
Because the back is such a complex part of your body, there are many different types and causes of back pain. Identifying where the pain is coming from on your own can be difficult, and that’s where a back pain specialist can help. There are multiple bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles all working together to get you from one place to another. Back pain can be caused by a disease or illness you may not know about, or it could be something minor. If you’re like most people, severe lower back pain occurs as a result of your daily routine, work and lifestyle choices. You could be damaging or irritating different parts of your back without even knowing it. Until one day, you do!
About 80 percent of adults will experience some kind of lower back pain in their lifetime. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, most people will experience their first attack of severe lower back pain between the ages of 30 and 50.
In an effort to find relief, most of us will reach for an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, or a pain reliever medication. Those can work to some degree, however, if your injury is more severe, they will not provide you with the relief you need to get back to your normal routine. Depending on your condition and the cause of your discomfort, severe lower back pain treatment options may include lifestyle changes, physical therapy, surgery, or medication.
Relief for Severe Lower Back Pains
- Lifestyle changes: Are you on your feet a lot, or lifting heavy things on a regular basis? In some instances, more supportive shoes or a better lifting technique can take the everyday pressure off your back and gradually begin to relieve severe lower back pains. Talk to your doctor about your lifestyle and if there are any changes you should make.
- Physical therapy: Certain stretches can help loosen and relieve severe lower back pains, such as core-strengthening exercises. A physical therapist can work with you to teach you the proper exercises that target the lower back, strengthen the muscles, and provide relief from your discomfort.
- Medication: A pain management specialist can work with you to diagnose the cause of your pain and develop a plan with relieving the pain through medication or injections. He or she may work closely with other specialists to determine the proper course of action.
- Surgery: As a last resort, back surgery may be the best option to relieve the most severe lower back pains. Sometimes surgeries can be minimally-invasive, such as radio frequency ablation, or sometimes more serious causes of severe lower back pains can lead to other types of surgeries. A pain management specialist can work with you and other physicians, such as orthopedic doctors, to determine if any type of surgery is needed.
“Arthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic low back pain,” said Sherif S. Zaky, MD, Ph.D, pain management physician with Firelands Physician Group. “It usually presents as non-radiating pain associated with stiffness. There are now advanced options for managing back pain due to arthritis. Radio frequency ablation is one of the most advanced treatment options for this condition and usually provides long term pain relief.”
When Back Pain is Unbearable
If you’re at your wits’ end with back pain, then contacting a physician like Dr. Zaky who specializes in pain management may be a good option for you. Dr. Zaky has over 15 years of experience helping his patients get their mobility and quality of life back.
If you’re interested in talking with Dr. Zaky about your pain management options, mention him to your primary care physician, who can make a referral to a pain management specialist. Dr. Zaky sees patients in Sandusky, Norwalk and Vermilion.