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Lower Back Pain Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Southern Arizona

When you have lower back pain, even the simplest things become painful. Although it feels like there’s no solution, the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona offers effective treatments for patients in Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley, Arizona. With various treatment options, the team of pain management specialists can help find a solution to your pain. You can also visit Regional Pain Institute in Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gilbert, Arizona, a division of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. To find a treatment for your lower back pain, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Many issues can lead to lower back pain. Sometimes this pain comes on right away after an injury, while other times it develops over weeks, months, or even years. Some of the most common conditions that lead to lower back pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis

Back pain is the most common cause of missed work and disability in the United States.

Although anyone can develop lower back pain, specific risk factors make it more likely.

For those who carry extra weight and don’t exercise regularly, back pain occurs more often due to weak muscles and extra stress. Those who smoke and improperly lift objects are also more likely to experience back pain.

What are the symptoms of lower back pain?

Beyond the pain in your back, lower back pain can lead to a range of symptoms. Some of the most common include pain that feels either like stabbing or shooting. Sometimes this pain radiates down one or both legs.

Other lower back pain symptoms may include muscle aches in the back or hips, as well as a limited range of motion in the spine. You may also have difficulty standing or sitting for an extended period.

How is lower back pain treated?

Your back pain specialist may treat your lower back pain with a variety of therapies, depending on the cause of your problem and its severity.

If your back pain came on suddenly, you might have acute pain that started with a specific cause, such as lifting something heavy or falling. In these cases, your doctor may recommend rest and time, as it can take up to six weeks for a back injury to heal.

For chronic back pain that lasts three months or longer, your doctor takes a different approach. Using nonsurgical treatments, the team at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) may recommend:

  • Epidurals
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Electrical stimulation treatments
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Beyond these in-office treatments, your doctor may suggest low-impact cardio and strength training exercises. They may also recommend specific stretches to increase spinal flexibility and improve posture or suggest yoga.  In addition to conventional treatments—acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care are all complementary in the pain relief process

When back pain makes daily life difficult, find a solution at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA), at any of the locations throughoutTucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox, Arizona. Call the practice today or request an appointment online for a consultation.

What we offer

Pain Ailments and Conditions