Temecula Valley Primary Care Physicians
Primary Care Physicians located in Temecula, CA
Lower back pain can range from mild and annoying to excruciating and debilitating. Solutions for all types of lower back pain are available at Temecula Valley Primary Care Physicians in Temecula, California. In many cases, the sooner you get treatment for lower back pain, the sooner you will feel better. Call or schedule a visit online today with the doctors at Temecula Valley Primary Care Physicians to get relief.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
Why am I having lower back pain?
Different structures in your lower back can cause pain. Depending on the cause of your pain — be it an injury or poor posture — your doctor can determine which structures are causing pain and develop a treatment plan to help you.
The joints that connect the vertebrae in your spine allow for normal movement; but if that movement is restricted, you can experience pain and inflammation.
If your spinal nerves are inflamed or irritated by other structures in your lower back, you can experience numbness, tingling, or shooting pain.
The discs between each vertebra add cushion and support to your spine. These discs can bulge or herniate, causing severe pain.
Your muscles, ligaments, and tendons are most often injured by overuse or whiplash. Soft tissue pain is usually worse with movement and improves with rest.
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain has many causes, including:
- Muscle strain or ligament sprain
- Facet joint dysfunction
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Spinal stenosis
Depending on the cause of your pain, your doctor determines the appropriate treatment and can help you get back on your feet.
What is the process for diagnosing lower back pain?
Lower back pain is diagnosed after a thorough evaluation and exam. Your doctor asks questions about your pain, where it is located, and when it started.
Your physical exam includes different movements and stretches to assess the function of your back. Your doctor may also order X-rays or an MRI if he suspects a more complex problem.
What are the treatment options for lower back pain?
Once your doctor identifies the cause of your pain, he provides appropriate treatment options. Getting out of pain is the first step, so rest, ice, heat, and medications may be used.
Your doctor suggests over-the-counter medications or prescribes stronger medications, like corticosteroids, in severe cases. Once you are out of pain, your doctor may recommend stretches and exercises to strengthen your back and prevent future injury.
If you have a complex case that requires further treatment, the team at Temecula Valley Primary Care Physicians has an extensive network of the best specialists for referrals.
Lower back pain can heal faster the sooner you get treatment. Call or schedule an appointment at Temecula Valley Primary Care Physicians today to feel better sooner.