If an aching back has ever sidelined you, you’re not alone. Eight out of every ten adults experience back pain at some point and it’s the leading cause of job-related disability in the U.S. The team of highly-skilled practitioners at Desert Fountain Medical in Fountain Hills, Arizona understands that effectively treating back pain means uncovering its cause. Desert Fountain Medical providers consider the physical, environmental, and emotional factors contributing to pain to help you feel, move, and function better. Call or click to schedule your medical consultation today.
Low Back Pain and Sciatica Q & A
What causes low back pain?
Your lower back is a complex structure that enables everyday movements like bending and walking. It also supports your delicate spinal column and upper body. An injury or disruption to the bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles in the lower back can lead to pain.
Low back pain has many potential causes and feels different for everyone.
Some people experience a sudden, sharp sensation. For others, low back pain is an ongoing, dull ache. Acute pain lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Chronic pain lasts 12 weeks or more.
Low back pain has many different causes. The most common include:
- Damage to discs
- Damage to spinal nerve roots
- Joint disease
- Skeletal abnormalities
- Spinal stenosis
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic injury
What is sciatica?
Most people with sciatica have radiating pain that travels from the lower back to the back of the leg.
Sciatic pain varies from a subtle ache to chronic, excruciating pain. It usually impacts one side of your body and sometimes comes with numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.
Without treatment, sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage.
A compressed or pinched sciatic nerve causes sciatica pain, along with herniated discs. When the soft discs that cushion the bones of your spinal column slip or rupture, they put pressure on nearby nerves.
How is back pain treated?
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality recommends that men and women with low back pain choose the most conservative form of care first. They recommend spinal manipulation as a safe and effective, drug-free form of treatment for adults with low back pain.
Desert Fountain Medical offers a wide variety of treatment options to help low back pain including chiropractic care, non-surgical spinal decompression, rehabilitation and other new and innovative treatments. The treatment options are evidence-based and strive to restore function and mobility.
Back pain is the symptom. Treating it means uncovering the injury or condition behind it. Desert Fountain Medical practitioners use minimally-invasive, proven methods to treat the underlying cause of low back pain and give you long-term relief.