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Procedural Solutions For Lower Back Discomfort


If you have lower back pain, you are definitely not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. Both men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that can leave you incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident, by lifting something heavy or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back pain, especially when a weekday routine of getting too little exercise is punctuated by a strenuous weekend workout.

Most low back pain is acute or short-term and lasts a few days to a few weeks. It often resolves on its own with self-care and there is no residual loss of function. Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after an initial injury or underlying cause of acute low back pain has been treated.

Treatment for low back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic. In general, surgery is recommended only if there is evidence of worsening nerve damage and when diagnostic tests indicate structural changes for which corrective surgical procedures have been developed. Your physician may prescribe or suggest oral medications. Sometimes those will work without the need for further intervention. In cases where the pain does not resolve through oral medications alone, your doctor may recommend a variety of procedures to alleviate and ultimately resolve your condition.

Here are some common procedural solutions for lower back discomfort:

Discuss your symptoms with your health care professional to determine your best option for relieving your lower back discomfort.

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