Low Back Pain

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine -  - Integrative Medicine

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

At any given time in the United States, more than 31 million people suffer from low back pain, a prevalent and debilitating condition. At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, the expert team of pain management specialists, led by Dr. Heather Lambert, approaches low back pain in a way that delivers long-term results, rather than short-term quick fixes, for future back health. If you’re in or around Summerville or Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, call one of the two locations to find relief from low back pain. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What makes up the low back?

Your low back has five large vertebrae that come together to form your lumbar spine. Surrounding these vertebrae are muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs that all work together to provide support for your upper body and an incredible amount of flexibility and mobility.

While your low back is built to withstand quite a bit, it’s also susceptible to injury in its primary support role. Making matters worse, your back also provides passage for your nervous system through your spinal canal, which means the area is heavily populated with sensitive nerve roots that can cause serious pain when irritated.

What causes low back pain?

Every time you bend down to pick up something, take a step or move side to side, your low back is engaged, facilitating your every move and providing key support. As a result, your low back can fall prey to acute injury as well as degenerative conditions that result from years of wear and tear.

The most common causes of low back pain include:

  • Muscle strain
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated or ruptured disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of your spinal canal)
  • Nerve compression fractures from osteoporosis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Trauma

Because of the vast network of nerve roots housed in your low back, low back pain can often radiate down your buttocks and legs, making back pain particularly life-altering.

How is back pain treated?

At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, the health care providers take a multipronged approach to low back pain, and it allows them to accomplish several things:

  • Resolve your immediate pain
  • Prevent low back pain from recurring
  • Treat your low back pain effectively by getting to the source of the problem

To accomplish this, the team comes together and tailors a treatment plan designed to take your unique situation into consideration. To do this, they may turn to one or more of the following treatments, which often work well together to provide long-term results:

  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Massage therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments of your spine
  • Pain management solutions

These protocols, when combined, give you the best chances for success. They also prevent low back pain from returning through realigning your spine and strengthening the area, making it less vulnerable to the daily strain and wear and tear of everyday life.

If you’d like to take advantage of a team approach to your low back pain, call Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine or use the online scheduling too request an appointment.