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Lower Back Pain

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Lower Back Pain

Your lower back supports most of your upper body weight and is a common source of pain, affecting as many as 80% of people at some point during their life. Whether your lower back pain is new or has been affecting your quality of life for months or years, the experts at Elite Medical Center can develop a plan to alleviate your pain and prevent a recurrence. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Lyman, South Carolina, by phone or online today.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

Your lower back, also referred to as the lumbar region, includes the portion of your back that starts below your ribcage and ends at your buttocks.

This portion of your back includes the five vertebrae that make up your lumbar spine, which are separated by discs that provide cushion and mobility. Your vertebrae are held in place by ligaments, as well as the tendons that attach your lower back muscles to the spine.

Several nerve roots exit from this area of your spine and control movement, provide sensory information and support communication from your body to your brain.

Lower back pain can develop from many causes. However, in most cases, the pain develops from a mechanical issue that affects the structures that make up the lower back. Some of the most common causes include:

- Sprains and strains
- Herniated disc
- Sciatica
- Degenerative disc disease
- Arthritis
- Spinal stenosis

You can develop lower back pain at any age. However, your risk increases as you get older due to the degenerative changes that occur in your spine, making you more vulnerable to injuries.

Your back pain may be acute, lasting only a few days or a few weeks, or chronic, lasting three or more months. Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, the experienced team at Elite Medical Center offers innovative treatments aimed at healing the underlying cause of your back pain and preventing a recurrence.

The team at Elite Medical Center conducts comprehensive exams to diagnose the underlying cause of your back pain. During your exam, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history, performs a physical exam, and requests diagnostic imaging.

Elite Medical Center offers on-site digital X-rays and ultrasound testing.

The experts at Elite Medical Center take a personalized approach to the management of lower back pain. The specifics of your treatment plan depends on the cause of your pain, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. The goal of your treatment plan is to heal your body, alleviate your pain, and prevent a recurrence.

Your treatment plan may include:

- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Over-the-counter pain medication

The team closely monitors your response to treatment and adjusts your plan as needed. If you fail to get relief from conservative treatments, the team may talk to you about regenerative medicine to support healing.

Lower back pain is common, but you can get relief, even if your pain is chronic. Call Elite Medical Center today or make an appointment using the online booking tool.