There are many different possible causes of lower back pain. One of the most common causes of lower back pain back sprains or muscle spasms caused by improper lifting. When a person lifts a heavy object the wrong way, the physical strain can cause immediate damage, resulting in severe pain. Even less strenuous movements, for example swinging a golf club, can cause a subluxation. In a subluxation, one or more of the spinal vertebrae shifts out of proper alignment, resulting in pain. Pinched nerves can happen with improper movements, with collisions, or sometimes for unknown reasons. When a nerve is trapped, the lower back pain can be severe. Degenerative disc disorder is another common cause of lower back pain. As a person grows older, their discs start to slowly lose volume, which can lead to serious spinal issues and lower back pain. Degenerative disc disorder can also spread down to the legs, in a condition called sciatica. Some people are born with spinal conditions that cause improper spinal curvature. Conditions like scoliosis may be the cause of lower back pain in some cases.
In order to properly treat lower back pain, the body's musculoskeletal structure must be properly aligned. This is typically done with spinal manipulation. Most patients achieve relief with spinal manipulation accompanied by other non-invasive treatments like massage therapy as needed. In severe cases, injections may be used to help with people who have severe chronic lower back pain.
At Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center, Dr. Verri is fully committed to finding the underlying cause of the lower back pain so that the most efficient possible treatment plan can be formulated. The 4 phases of care used to address back pain include:
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