Pain Management Content Related to Lumbar.

Low Back Pain

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

 The most common problem I see in my office is low back pain.  It affects the lives of 15-20% of adults and is the most common cause of disability in the United States.  Most cases of low back pain are related to muscle strain, sprain, and spasm which normally resolve with conservative management.  Other causes of chronic low back pain are more difficult to treat. These include:


            Discogenic pain (pain directly from disc disease)

            Sacroiliac Joint Arthropathy (back of the hip)

            Lumbar Facet Joint Arthropathy (small joints of spine)

            Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)

Lumbar Radiculopathy (nerve root irritation) with leg pain as well

Myofascial Pain (muscular pain)

Lumbar Post-Laminectomy Syndrome (failed back surgery)


Other rare causes of back pain include infection, tumor, pancreatitis, kidney stones, and sickle cell crisis.

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