Your low back is responsible for a large part of your ability to move around, not to mention its role in supporting your upper body. So when pain or arthritis hits, it can have a devastating impact on your life. At Northwest Suburban Pain Center, the medical experts offer interventional pain management to their patients in Arlington Heights, South Barrington, and Schaumburg, Illinois, allowing them to get back to active lives. To find out more, call one of the offices or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
In order to better understand low back pain and arthritis in your lower back, it’s helpful to get a clear picture of the underlying structure. The foundation of your low back is your lumbar spine -- five large vertebrae separated by discs that provide cushioning between the bones. Connecting your vertebrae are facet joints. Surrounding this foundation are the soft tissue components of your back that provide support and allow movement, including your:
Working in concert, these various parts come together to allow an incredible range of motion in your body, as well as support for your upper body.
With so many working parts, it’s easy to see how your low back can become compromised, especially since this area of your body is rarely at rest. In fact, low back pain is the number one driver behind missed work days in the United States.
And low back pain can come from anywhere inside this complex structure. That said, there are a few problems that stand out from the rest in terms of frequency, and they include:
The last one on this list warrants a closer look since it’s one of the more common reasons why you experience low back pain, especially as you get older. When it comes to your lower back, your facet joints can succumb to arthritis just like any other joint in your body. The end result is that you’re left with a stiff back and swelling in your joints -- and this pain can also radiate down through your buttock and into your leg.
After diagnosing the source of your pain and discomfort, your doctor at Northwest Suburban Pain Center comes up with a treatment plan that minimizes the impact low back pain and arthritis have on your life. To do this, they have a number of effective tools, including:
These treatments and therapies are designed for both short-term and long-term relief.
To learn more about the interventional pain management solutions for low back pain and arthritis, call Northwest Suburban Pain Center, or schedule an appointment online.