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Chronic Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a common problem that affects nearly eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Low back pain can keep you from working, being active or even getting out of bed. If you experience pain for more than three months, you are experiencing chronic low back pain.

Chronic low back pain can have many causes, such as a herniated disk, peripheral neuropathy or spinal stenosis, a condition in which the space around your spinal cord narrows due to osteoarthritis. In most cases, chronic low back pain is related to the natural process of aging or overuse. In rare cases, inherited conditions such as Marfan syndrome contribute to the pain. These conditions are more difficult to treat.

A physical examination and imaging procedures are used to diagnose the cause of your back pain. Your physician will ask questions about when your pain started, where it is located, how severe it is and other questions about how your back feels. Though it is hard to describe pain, be as honest and open as possible to help your physician provide the best diagnosis.

X-raysultrasounds and electromyography are frequently used to check for issues with bone growth, herniated disks or nerve damage. The cause of your back pain determines which treatments are best for you. Physical therapy, rest, pain medicines or surgery can all play a role in back pain relief.

Our fellowship-trained physicians work with you to find the treatment options that fit your preferences. We understand how chronic pain disrupts your daily life and keeps your from enjoying the things you love. Our highly skilled physicians are dedicated to giving you access to advanced pain therapies and comprehensive support that reduce pain and improve your quality of life.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Chronic Low Back Pain Treatment Information

Our physicians offer a wide range of treatments for chronic low back pain so you can find the option that best fits your lifestyle:


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Chronic Low Back Pain Support Services

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