Premier Pain Consultants
Pain Management Practice located in Fullerton, CA & Irvine, CA
Lower back pain is extremely common: If you have it, you are among at least 80% of people who experience it at some point in their lives. Lower back pain can severely impede your ability to enjoy yourself and work productively. Joseph Ho, MD, and Weiwah Rob Kwok, MD, offer pain management solutions for lower back pain at Premier Pain Consultants in Fullerton, California. For relief from the pain in your lower back, call or schedule an appointment online at Premier Pain Consultants today.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
What does lower back pain feel like?
Pain in your lower back can have different characteristics depending on its cause. If you have lower back pain, you may feel a constant, dull ache or sharp, shooting spasms, or anything in between. While many cases of lower back pain go away within a week, others stick around for longer. Short-term back pain, called acute low back pain, lasts up to 12 weeks. Long-term lower back pain, called chronic back pain, lasts 12 weeks or longer, even after the injury that caused it has been treated.
Lower back pain is a leading cause of missed work days. When your pain starts to take a toll on your productivity, it may be time to visit a pain management specialist at Premier Pain Consultants for professional help.
What’s causing my lower back pain?
There are many potential causes of lower back pain. Once the cause of your pain is identified, it becomes much easier for Dr. Ho or Dr. Kwok to treat. Common causes include:
- Sprains or strains in your back
- Spinal stenosis (a narrow spinal canal that pinches your nerves)
- Herniated discs
- Traumatic injuries
- The irregular bone structure in your back
In rare cases, lower back pain is caused by an infection or cancer. Still, you should have a doctor rule out these causes if your lower back pain is severe or persists.
How is lower back pain managed?
There are many options for lower back pain management at Premier Pain Consultants. Dr. Ho or Dr. Kwok works with you to form a pain management plan that gets you back on your feet again. Your treatment may include:
Nerve blocks are injections that block the pain signals from your nerves.
Epidural steroid injections include both a corticosteroid to reduce the inflammation and a numbing agent to ease your pain quickly.
Spinal cord stimulators
Spinal cord stimulators are surgically placed under your skin to send mild electric currents through your spine. These currents help relieve the pain in your back by interfering with the pain signals as they head to your brain.
Lower back pain can stop you from enjoying yourself and being productive. For help managing lower back pain, call or schedule a consultation online at Premier Pain Consultants today.