Access your Patient Portal HERE

Low Back Pain

Advanced Pain Solutions -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists Located in Grand Rapids and Ionia, MI

You might expect low back pain to be common, and it is, as it affects 8% of all adults. But you may be surprised to learn that low back pain can strike at an early age, with 41% of all cases diagnosed between the ages of 18-44. As experts in pain medicine, the team at Advanced Pain Solutions in Ionia, Michigan, has helped many patients overcome back pain with numerous effective treatment options. If you need pain relief, call the office or use the online scheduling feature today. Advanced Pain Solutions is proud to serve the greater West Michigan area.

Low Back Pain Q & A


What causes low back pain?

Your lower back is vulnerable to pain-causing problems because it supports the weight of your upper body and performs a lot of twisting and bending. 

Over the years, you develop age-related degenerative changes. As a result, the following conditions often cause low back pain:

  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

A condition in your low back may also cause joint pain, such as in the hips. 

Sprains and strains are two other causes of low back pain. These soft tissue injuries may develop due to repetitive movement, an injury, a sudden, jarring twist, and poor body mechanics.

 

How is hip pain associated with low back pain?

The pain you feel in your hip may actually come from a condition affecting your lower back. You can also develop pain in the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which connects your hip to your lower spine. SI-related pain may feel more like low back pain.  

The SI joint has limited movement because its job is to support the weight of your upper body. SI joint pain develops when the joint is inflamed, becomes arthritic, or the ligaments stiffen.

 

What symptoms develop, in addition to low back pain?

Spinal injuries and degenerative conditions often result in pinched spinal nerves. Pinched nerves cause symptoms such as pain and tingling that travels along the nerve. One of the most common examples is sciatica. When your sciatic nerve is pinched, you experience severe pain that radiates down one leg.

 

How is low back pain treated?

The first line of treatment for low back pain includes medication and physical therapy. Medications reduce inflammation or relax muscles, while physical therapy strengthens your back, promotes circulation, and relieves pain.

When pain persists, your Advanced Pain Solutions provider may recommend treatments such as:

  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Facet medial branch block
  • Facet joint injection 
  • Facet radiofrequency ablation
  • Sacroiliac joint steroid injection
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Vertiflex® Superion® Indirect Decompression System
  • Posterior SI fusion (PsiF)

Posterior SI fusion (PsiF) is a surgical implant that fuses the SI joint, stabilizing the joint and relieving pain. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed in a surgical center by Advanced Pain Solutions physician specialists.  

Vertiflex Superion is another type of minimally invasive surgical implant that your provider inserts between two vertebrae. The implant gently separates the vertebrae, creating space that relieves pinched nerves and narrowing of the spine. 

Relief from low back pain is possible at Advanced Pain Solutions. To schedule an appointment, call the office or connect online.