Lower back pain can be caused by any number of factors. Aspen winter sports enthusiasts, for example, know what it’s like to experience lower back pain from skiing, snowboarding and skating. In addition to sports-related activity, pain isolated in the lower back can also be an indication of other, more serious conditions.
Whether lower back pain is fleeting, or perhaps a sign that medical intervention is needed, the elite-grade specialists at OrthoAspen are equipped to offer the most advanced approaches in addressing pain, injury and discomfort for a range of issues affecting spine health.
The spine is comprised of multiple small bones (vertebrae). These stacked vertebrae are tied to vital muscles, ligaments, nerves and intervertebral discs. When individuals engage in sports with repetitive motion or experience trauma, the outcome can result in lower back pain. Natural wear and tear from aging as well as certain health conditions can also elicit symptoms of pain in the lower back.
Potential lower back pain symptoms may be a result of:
- Sprains and strains
- Spinal fractures
- Degenerative disc disease
- Nerve compression
- Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Herniated discs
- Sciatica (compression of the sciatic nerve)
- Spondylolisthesis (when the lower spine slips out of place)
- Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Infections (not as common)
- Tumors (also a rare source of low back pain)
- Inflammatory diseases (arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
In addition to these factors, situational contributors such as pregnancy, occupation and mental health can also create symptoms of lower back pain.
Although certain types of lower back pain can be extremely painful and even debilitating, other variations can be addressed and treated with full recovery occurring between two to 12 weeks.
The best way to determine the cause of lower back pain is to seek the guidance of an orthopedic expert.
To properly assess the root cause of lower back pain, your OrthoAspen physician will conduct a thorough physical examination. Additional diagnostic tests such as X-rays, a CT scan or MRI scan may be recommended to evaluate the precise source and severity of lower back pain.
The type of diagnosis for lower back pain will determine the treatment approach recommended by your OrthoApsen physician. Whenever possible, OrthoAspen spine experts will try to apply conservative, non-surgical treatment methods to address lower back pain.
If conservative treatment measures have been unsuccessful in relieving pain, surgical intervention may be suggested. In rare cases, such as cauda equina syndrome, where there is a high risk of developing permanent paralysis, or bowel and bladder difficulties, surgery may need to be performed on an emergency basis.
If lower back pain is preventing you from enjoying an active Aspen lifestyle, don’t wait. Simply click here to schedule a visit with us, or call to speak with an OrthoAspen team member at 970-544-1289.