Lower Back Pain Specialist

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Lower Back Pain services offered in Cumming, Dahlonega, and Dawsonville GA

Most people get a muscle strain or ache in their lower back now and then. If your low back pain doesn’t improve or gets worse, there could be more to it. You should contact the board-certified specialists at Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain. They have offices in Dahlonega, Dawsonville, and Cumming, Georgia. They diagnose and treat long-term low back pain using the most sophisticated interventions, including epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation. Call Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain today or book an appointment online to find relief from your low back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q&A

Why have I got low back pain?

Low back pain is far from unusual — most people get it at some point. It’s most often caused by overdoing physical activity. Stretching or twisting, lifting something too heavy, and pushing yourself when tired can strain your back muscles. Sports injuries, falls, and car accidents commonly cause low back pain.

Poor posture, an old or unsupportive mattress, and high-heeled shoes also put excessive strain on your back. Repeatedly making the same movements at work or during leisure activities can cause overuse injuries. This kind of low back pain develops more slowly.

Chronic (long-term) conditions that cause low back pain include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)
  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis (abnormal spinal curvature)
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Sacroiliitis (sacral pain)
  • Sciatica
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

Often, these conditions compress nerves in the spine. A bulging disc, thickened ligament, or misaligned vertebra pinches or irritates a nerve as it passes through the spinal canal. Spinal nerve compression causes pain, weakness, numbness, and uncomfortable tingling, prickling, or burning sensations.

How is low back pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing low back pain involves having a physical exam, medical history and lifestyle review, and in many cases, further tests.

Your doctor at Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain might order X-rays, an MRI, or CT scan of your spine to find the problem.

These diagnostic images give your doctor a clear view of the tissues and bones in your back. They can check your spinal alignment and spot damaged discs, bone spurs, and other abnormalities. Once they have the information, they can prepare your treatment program.

How is low back pain treated?

Your doctor at Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain creates a treatment plan for you that they personalize to your needs. Depending on the cause of your low back pain, the plan can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Rest and activity changes
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Epidural steroid injections  
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Lysis of epidural adhesions
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Patients usually begin their low back pain treatment with noninvasive physical therapy, medication, and rest. Many people find that a skilled physical therapist can help them overcome low back pain without needing more advanced treatments.

If you don’t improve, the Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain team offers injections that numb pain and reduce inflammation. Other treatments like radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation interfere with the nerves so that pain messages don’t reach your brain.

Call Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain today or book an appointment online to find an effective solution to your low back pain.