Lower Back Pain

Frank J. Verri, DC -  - Physical Medicine

Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center

Frank J. Verri, DC

Physical Medicine located in Pittsburgh, PA

Lower Back Pain Specialist
Lower back pain is one of the most common problems that people have today. This type of pain often grows worse over time, and it may eventually cause complete disability if it's not treated effectively. Frank Verri DC of Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania delivers non-invasive pain relief for lower back pain that truly works.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

Why does lower back pain happen?

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.

What is the treatment for lower back pain?

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.

What are the phases of lower back pain treatment?

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:

  1. Work with the patient to make sure current pain is alleviated
  2. Deal with the underlying reason for the lower back pain
  3. Focus on body strengthening, building a stronger core to reduce the risk of pain in the future
  4. Maintain wellness to help patient stay pain-free, now and in the future
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