Lower back pain causes untold misery to millions of Americans. For some, the pain lasts many years. If you have troublesome lower back pain, Shamsideen Musa, MD, of Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, can help. Dr. Musa is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist who has many years of experience helping people overcome lower back pain. Call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
There are numerous possible causes of lower back pain. In most cases, these causes fall under two categories: acute injuries and degenerative conditions.
Acute lower back pain begins suddenly and is typically due to:
Degenerative conditions cause chronic lower back pain that lasts for months and sometimes years. They develop over time as the tissues in your spine start to age and wear down.
Degenerative conditions tend to cause problems like osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.
You might also have a disease, such as osteoporosis that causes the bone to weaken and fracture easily or the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Musa needs to diagnose the cause of your lower back pain so he can create an effective treatment plan for you.
To diagnose your lower back pain, Dr. Musa performs a comprehensive physical exam to see where the pain is and how it affects your range of movement. He might also feel abnormalities that tell him the likely cause of your lower back pain.
Dr. Musa also reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms with you in detail. He usually has a good idea at this stage about what’s causing your lower back pain, but to confirm it you might need to undergo some diagnostic tests such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
These diagnostic tests help rule out possible causes for your lower back pain and provide detailed information about the nature of the injury or damage to help with designing a treatment program.
Most patients with lower back pain get better with a combination of rest, gentle movement, and treatments such as massage and physical therapy. In some cases, you might need chiropractic manipulation or a noninvasive treatment like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Dr. Musa always uses the most conservative approaches first unless there’s a good reason why you’d need a different type of therapy.
For patients who don’t respond to these initial treatments, Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic offers additional cutting-edge therapies for lower back pain. These treatments include:
Dr. Musa excels in resolving lower back pain without the need for surgery, but if an operation is the best solution for you, Dr. Musa provides advanced procedures such as minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild®) and kyphoplasty.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Musa, call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic or book an appointment online today.