Although lower back pain is typically associated with those who perform physical labor, especially those whose occupation involves a lot of lifting, the cause for the condition can be quite varied. It could be caused by a problem with your spine, a herniated disc, sciatica, or arthritis, among others. Determining the cause of your back pain is one of the first things addressed by your San Antonio, TX, pain doctor, Dr. Prafulla Singh of Pain Specialty Consultants. The type of treatment, or treatment plan, will be determined by the underlying issue.
If you are older, spinal discs and ligaments can become more prone to injury, even a sudden movement can cause the bones to pinch the cushioning tissue between them. Bad posture when lifting can put your spine in danger no matter your age.
Your San Antonio, TX doctor may diagnose your lower back pain as being caused by compression of your sciatic nerve by a herniated disc. The symptoms of these can extend down to your legs and feet.
A sprain or strain on your lower back can also result from sudden or unstable movements, although these can often be treated far less invasively, often with just rest and physical therapy.
A number of different conditions can affect how your spine functions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, and spondylosis, among others. Congenital spinal problems can also cause lower back pain.
There are other health conditions not directly connected with your spine that can also cause what feels like lower back pain. There are some forms of cancer, kidney and bladder problems, pregnancy, and ovarian cysts, for example.
It's because of all the different possible causes of lower back pain that an early consultation is so important. You can schedule an appointment in San Antonio, TX, with Dr. Singh of Pain Specialty Consultants by dialing (210) 904-3851.