Millions of Americans suffer from low back pain daily, and researchers estimate that 80% of people will experience low back pain in their lifetime. The team at Broward Specialty Group, with three convenient locations in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, and Pompano Beach, Florida, knows that low back pain can interfere with your job or favorite pastimes. That’s why they offer safe, effective treatments in a welcoming environment. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Low back pain refers to any type of discomfort that affects the lumbar spine. Your lumbar spine supports the entire weight of your upper body and provides mobility for regular motions like bending, lifting, and twisting.
The joints, nerves, muscles, and ligaments in your lower spine are incredibly tough and hardworking. However, the complex nature of your lumbar region makes it susceptible to pain and injury. Mild low back pain usually resolves on its own with rest and over-the-counter medications. If your pain persists or gets worse, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.
The symptoms of low back pain vary from person to person and depend on the underlying cause. Telltale signs of low back pain include:
As your low back pain worsens, you might also experience mobility issues or difficulty moving from a sitting to standing position.
Broward Specialty Group categorizes low back pain into three separate categories:
Acute low back pain occurs suddenly and lasts for a few days or weeks. It’s usually due to a fall or collision that happens at work or while playing sports. As your body heals, acute low back pain subsides.
Subacute low back pain usually lasts three weeks to six months. It occurs due to a mechanical injury like a muscle strain or herniated disc. This type of low back pain takes longer to heal than acute pain, but it usually responds to conservative treatments like physical therapy or bracing.
Chronic low back pain is pain that occurs for three months or longer. This type of low back pain is severe and doesn’t respond to conservative measures of care.
Treatment of low back pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Broward Specialty Group usually recommends conservative, integrative measures of care like light exercise, regular stretching, drinking plenty of water, quitting smoking, and losing weight for acute low back pain.
If you have subacute or chronic low back pain, they might recommend:
Your provider might recommend one of these treatments or a combination of several. Ultimately, the goal is to ease discomfort, improve mobility, and restore your quality of life.
Don’t let low back pain keep you from your favorite activities. Schedule an appointment at Broward Specialty Group. Call the office or book a consultation online today.