Pain in the lower back, or the lumbar area, can keep you from work and play. Pain can be mild or severe, dull or sharp, constant or intermittent, or happen only when you’re in a certain position.
Low back pain is acute (a sudden, intense pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasts more than a few months). Common causes of low back pain include:
- Overuse, strenuous activity, or improper use such as repetitive or heavy lifting
- Fractures due to compression or dislocation
- Degeneration or break down of the vertebrae, disc, or cartilage due to stress, normal “wear and tear,” or aging
- Infection in the bone or spinal fluid
- Abnormal growth, such as a tumor or bone spur
- Obesity or increased weight on the spine and pressure on the discs
- Poor muscle tone
- Muscle and ligament sprains, strains, or tears
- Herniated disc between the vertebrae
- Pinched or compressed nerve
- Congenital (present at birth) abnormalities
Why Choose UHealth?
Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with orthopedic specialists and surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and others to customize your treatment plan. We have special expertise in conditions that cause low back pain, such as neuromuscular diseases, sports injuries, and spine conditions.
Leading-edge non-surgical and minimally invasive therapies for low back pain. You have access to the latest approaches to managing pain, including neurostimulation and neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound-guided injections, all in one place.