Low Back Pain

Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialists located in Gainesville, Jasper, & Athens, GA

Your low back supports most of your upper body weight and is a common source of pain. If you have ongoing low back pain, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, and the team at Southern Pain and Spine can help. They take a patient-focused approach to care, using physical medicine or minimally invasive, non-narcotic pain relief options for low back pain. Call the office in Gainesville, Jasper, Fayetteville, or Athens, Georgia, or book online today.

Low Back Pain Q&A

What is low back pain?

Low back pain refers to any discomfort that occurs in the lower part of your back. This part of your back, known as the lumbar region, supports the weight, mobility, and flexibility of your upper body. 

You may develop low back pain from your usual activities, repetitive movements, an accident, or an underlying medical condition. The pain may be dull and achy or severe, limiting your activities.

Low back pain is common and usually short-term, lasting no more than a few days or few weeks. However, some people have chronic low back pain, which is pain that lasts three or more months. 

What causes low back pain?

Low back pain most often occurs from a problem involving the structure or function of your low back. Common causes include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative changes to the vertebrae
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractures
  • Spinal stenosis — narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Lumbar radiculopathy

You may also develop low back pain from excess stress on this part of your spine if you’re overweight or obese or engage in activities that require heavy lifting or constant twisting of your spine.

What happens during a low back pain consultation?

When you visit Southern Pain and Spine for a low back consultation, you can expect a thorough, patient-centered exam. The team aims to find the underlying cause of your back pain so they can design an effective treatment plan.

The team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including type and location of your pain, when it started, and activities that make it worse. They perform a physical exam and conduct diagnostic tests, such as blood work, X-rays, CT scan, MRI, or nerve conduction studies (NCS).

How is low back pain treated?

The Southern Pain and Spine team customizes your low back pain treatment plan based on the underlying cause, severity of your symptoms, and overall health. 

Your treatment plan may include:

When it comes to low back pain, the team focuses on rehabilitation and function, rather than prescribing medication to cover up symptoms. The goal is to improve how your body works, decreasing pain and increasing quality of life.

For a patient-focused approach to low back pain, call Southern Pain and Spine or request a referral by clicking the online booking button today.