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Lower Back Pain

Midwest Spine and Pain

Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in New Albany, OH serving Columbus and Central, OH

Lower back pain is a blight on millions of people’s lives all across the United States. If you have a back problem and can’t find the solution, Jimmy Henry, MD, FAAPMR, of Midwest Spine and Pain in New Albany, Ohio, can help. Dr. Henry is a double board certified physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and rehabilitation, and he has particular expertise in treating lower back pain. Call Midwest Spine and Pain today to schedule a consultation.

Lower Back Pain Q&A

What causes lower back pain?

There are many potential causes of lower back pain. Some of the more frequent reasons people get lower back pain include:

  • Falls and trips
  • Overexertion
  • Reaching too far
  • Straining too hard
  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive strain
  • Awkward, sudden movements
  • Unsafe lifting techniques

These can all cause an acute back injury like a muscle strain or herniated disc. You can also get chronic lower back pain that lasts for several months or even years. 

This is often due to an acute injury not being treated appropriately at the time, or it might be due to a disease or physical abnormality, such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Scoliosis (curved spine)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet Joint Syndrome 
  • Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome

Sometimes a chronic problem can lead to acute lower back pain. For example, if you have the chronic condition degenerative disc disease, it means the spongy discs that fit between each vertebra start to deteriorate. The outer coating can weaken to a point where the inside starts pushing through.

This is called a herniated disc, and if it presses on any of the nerves in your spinal canal, it can cause acute lower back pain.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

To find the exact cause of your condition, Dr. Henry carries out a physical exam to check your range of movement and pinpoint the source of your lower back pain. He might also run diagnostic tests such as:

  • X-rays
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan

These can reveal any damaged structures in your back and allow Dr. Henry to assess the extent of the problem. Once you have an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Henry can prepare a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

What treatments are there for lower back pain?

If mild lower back pain doesn’t improve after a few days of rest and gentle exercise, or your lower back pain is more severe, Dr. Henry can provide several interventions to help ease your pain and improve mobility. These treatments could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Manual manipulation
  • Trigger point injections
  • Medication
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell injections
  • Interlaminar epidural injections
  • Lumbar transforaminal epidural injections
  • Caudal epidural injections
  • Facet medial branch blocks
  • Facet intra-articular injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Facet joint radiofrequency ablations
  • Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablations
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Kyphoplasty 
  • MILD by Vertos 
  • Superion by Vertiflex

Minimally invasive surgeries are also available at Midwest Spine and Pain, including spinal cord stimulation, pain pump implantation, epidural lysis of adhesions, lumbar discography, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and sacroplasty. All spinal procedures are ultrasound-guided to ensure patient safety.

Find out more about treatments for your lower back pain by calling Midwest Spine and Pain today, or heading over to Learn More!