Low Back Pain Specialist

Space City Pain Specialists

Pain Management Physicians located in Webster, League City, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, TX

If you’re one of the estimated 31 million Americans who suffer from lower back pain, you can find relief at Space City Pain Specialists. In Webster and Baytown, serving League City, Texas City, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Texas and surrounding areas, the skilled team of providers offers innovative pain management techniques to stop your pain at the source and reduce your dependence on risky narcotic medications. To learn more about low back pain treatments, call Space City Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What is low back pain?

Pain in your low back can occur anywhere beneath your ribs and above your legs. At least 80% of men and women will have back pain during their lifetime.

When you have discomfort in your low back, it can affect your vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments and tendons, or your spinal cord and spinal cord nerves. It’s also possible for low back pain to include your muscles and blood vessels.

What causes low back pain?

You can develop low back pain for a variety of reasons, but the most common causes are sports injuries, car accidents, or twisting and reaching. It’s also possible to have low back pain when you lift heavy objects improperly.

When you suffer from chronic low back pain, it’s often due to overuse, misuse, or degenerative conditions, like spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Sometimes, certain health conditions, like kidney stones and fibromyalgia, can also lead to pain in the low back.

In rare cases, low back pain comes from other problems, like scoliosis, Paget’s disease, inflammation, infections, or tumors.

How is low back pain diagnosed?

During your appointment, your experienced Space City pain management specialist conducts a comprehensive physical examination, reviews your personal and family medical history, and discusses your pain and symptoms. He might also recommend additional tests, including:

  • X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to look for anatomic abnormalities
  • Nerve conduction (NCV) or evoked potential (EP) studies to test nerve function
  • Electromyography to assess electrical activity in your skeletal muscles

Your doctor might also suggest specialized studies, like discography, using injections to evaluate your low back pain.

How is low back pain treated?

Depending on the cause of your low back pain, your pain management specialist might offer a variety of nonsurgical treatments, such as:

  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Steroid injections

For low back pain that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, your doctor might recommend innovative pain management techniques like spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, COOLIEF*, or regenerative medicine.

To find relief from your low back pain, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.