Here’s how orthopedic medicine can help you manage your stubborn back pain.
Lower back pain is one of the most common problems that adults face and there are many different reasons why you may be experiencing this type of pain. Everything from degenerative diseases and spinal disorders to strains can lead to persistent or severe back pain. When this happens, our Joliet, IL, spinal surgeon Dr. Rebecca Kuo, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ryan Pizinger and podiatric surgeon Dr. Joe George can provide you with the comprehensive orthopedic care you need, whether you are dealing with back, neck, foot or shoulder pain.
Types and Causes of Lower Back Pain
There are two main types of back pain: chronic and acute. Acute back pain lasts fewer than 12 weeks and will go away with simple nonsurgical treatment options while chronic back pain usually lasts three months or longer and requires more extensive treatment.
Before being able to treat your back pain our Joliet, IL, orthopedic team will need to determine the cause of your pain. There are many causes for lower back pain but some of the most common causes include,
- Spinal disc degeneration
- Herniated discs
- Spinal nerve root injuries
- Spondylolisthesis (pinched nerve disorder caused by displaced discs)
- Sprains and strains
- Spinal stenosis
- Injuries and accidents (e.g. sports injuries; car accidents)
Treating Lower Back Pain
Our orthopedic team offers a wide range of nonsurgical and surgical interventions depending on the cause and type of symptoms you are experiencing. We offer everything from physical therapy and exercise therapy to steroid injections, rehabilitation and surgery. The first course of action is always to treat back pain and other symptoms with nonsurgical and noninvasive treatment options.
Lower back pain that is resistant to simple treatment options may require more aggressive treatment such as manipulation and mobilization as well as steroid injections. Steroid injections can be particularly beneficial for those dealing with back pain caused by spinal stenosis and sciatica.
Considering Surgery for Back Pain
If nonsurgical treatment options have been exhausted and you haven’t received relief from symptoms then it might be time to talk with us about surgery. Whenever possible, we perform arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that boasts a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. We also provide surgical rehabilitation, where our spinal specialists will create a post-surgical treatment plan that will include rehabilitation and physical therapy to improve mobility and functionality after surgery.
Illinois Orthopedic Institute in Joliet, Bolingbrook and Channahon, IL, is ready to help you lead a pain-free life. If you are dealing with chronic lower back pain call us at (817) 741-6900 or (877)-404-565438 to schedule a consultation.