I Have Low Back Pain! Help!
Are you one of the 31 million Americans who suffers from low back pain at least once a year? Low back pain is one of the most frequent musculoskeletal complaints, and can be triggered by anything from a sports injury to leaning over to pick up a pencil off the floor!
If you’ve been experiencing low back pain, we can help – click here to contact Southwest Spine & Sports or call us today at (480) 860-8998!
The American Chiropractic Association has compiled a number of interesting low back pain statistics:
- Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.3
- Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.4
Low Back Pain Treatment Options
Even mild low back pain is a debilitating condition that can make it difficult to perform even simple daily activities like walking or driving. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you minimize or eliminate your pain and help you get back to living a healthy, productive life.
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our team of specialists is highly trained in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically PRP and stem cell therapy.
PRP for Low Back Pain
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints, specifically the sacroiliac joint which often contributes heavily to back pain. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for patients suffering from low back pain, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
Stem Cell Therapy for Low Back Pain
Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical alternative to pain management that has been practiced since the early 1990s and uses the body’s own stem cells to treat all manner of degenerative conditions, including low back pain. Adult stem cells, collected from reservoirs in bone marrow and adipose tissue, can be transferred directly into the site of the joint or disc injury safely and effectively in an outpatient facility, without resorting to surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proving to be extremely effective and is quickly increasing in popularity among patients of all ages.
Causes of Low Back Pain
The exact cause of your low back pain can be tricky to determine without the help of a trained back pain specialist. This is largely due to the sheer number of potential factors that could be involved in back pain, including:
Acute Low Back Pain
Acute low back pain typically comes on abruptly and occurs during or as a direct result of a specific activity, usually lasting only a few days or weeks. An acute low back injury is usually due to overuse by excessive exercise, lifting of heavy objects, motor vehicle accidents, or any other trauma involving the lower back. Acute low back injuries tend to affect the muscles and ligaments of the back. Pre-existing conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, and spinal stenosis can also lead to things like vertebral fractures, ruptured discs, and spinal cord compression.
Acute low back pain can be caused by:
- Sciatica – pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disk
- Spinal stenosis – condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. This is usually due to the common occurrence of spinal degeneration that occurs with aging and can also sometimes be caused by spinal disc herniation, osteoporosis or tumor.
- Strain – An injury to a part of the body caused by overexertion or twisting of a muscle.
- Fracture – A crack or break in a bone.
- Spondylolisthesis – the anterior displacement of a vertebra or the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below.
Chronic Low Back Pain
Chronic low back pain is defined as pain over 3-6 months in duration. Symptoms of chronic low back pain are gradual and occur over an extended period of time. With chronic low back pain, a person may experience pain in their back as well as down either leg. Causes of chronic low back pain include:
- Arthritis, Facet Joint
- Sacroiliac Joint Disease
- Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Disc Protrusion
- Disc Herniation
- Disc Extrusion
- Facet Joint Osteoarthritis
- Nerve Root Irritation or Compression (Sciatica)
- Central Sensitization
- Excessive Breast Size
- Poor Posture
- Psychological and Emotional Factors
- Vertebral Body Fractures
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our specialists use regenerative medicine to treat all manner of low back pain. Click here or call us today at (480) 860-8998 to find out how we can help you.
Our Pain Treatment Options
A physician from Southwest Spine and Sports will be able to tell you definitively if regenerative medicine is right for you. If it’s determined that you would benefit more from a different type of treatment, we also offer:
About Southwest Spine & Sports
Southwest Spine & Sports has been helping people throughout the state of Arizona manage and eliminate their pain since 1999. Always striving to serve our patients better, we’ve been at the forefront of regenerative medicine since it’s inception and are continually working to advance our own knowledge of the practice as well as the field as a whole.
Recognized as Top Doctors by Phoenix Magazine eight years in a row, Dr. Michael Wolff and the rest of the team bring not only their unparalleled medical knowledge and skills but also genuine care and concern for each and every patient we see from all ages and walks of life. From seasoned athletes to “Weekend Warriors”, there’s no limit to who can receive regenerative medicine therapy to treat their pain.
With two convenient locations in Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ, we are one of the area’s largest pain management and regenerative medicine practices. All of our pain physicians have devoted their lives to compassionate patient care and providing safe alternatives to back, neck or laser spine surgeries.