Lower back can be mild or severe, short lived or long lasting. It affects your lumbar spine, which supports much of your upper body weight. At Dignity Health Southern California, we understand that low back pain can really interfere with your daily living. It’s a common problem for adults, but it usually fixes itself and isn’t a serious medical problem.
If your lower back pain is continuing despite home remedies, it may be time to consult an expert at Dignity Health Southern California. Find a Doctor online to schedule a consultation for your low back pain in Southern California. Our orthopedic doctors offer accessible and personal care for all types of back pain.
Lower Back Pain Symptoms & Causes
Low back pain can be sharp and stabbing or dull and achy. It can start slowly or come on quickly. You may find relief by lying down or reclining.
Low back pain has many potential causes, with over-activity being the most common. Overusing your lower back muscles can make them sore and achy, but the pain should resolve in a few days.
A spine condition may also be the cause of your lower back pain, such as:
- Spinal arthritis
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal
- Degenerated, ruptured, or herniated discs
- Scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine
Trusted Lower Back Pain Treatment at Dignity Health Southern California
Your care team will create a customized treatment plan with the goal of relieving your lower back pain and preventing future problems. Your recommended treatment options will depend on the cause of your pain and your risk factors for back and spine problems.
Most cases of lower back pain resolve on their own over a few weeks. You can try these at-home strategies to ease your recovery:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines
- Hot and cold therapy
If your lower back pain is severe or persistent, your Dignity Health Southern California doctor may prescribe stronger pain relievers, physical therapy, or a back brace. You may consider back surgery if these nonsurgical treatments don’t work after six to 12 months.
Your doctor will explain all of your options and help you find the right solution.
Dignity Health offers complete care for patients with lower back pain in Southern California.