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Low Back Pain
What causes low back pain?
Low back pain is one of the most significant health problems today. Pain in the lower back can range from mild, dull, annoying pain to persistent, severe, disabling pain that restricts mobility and interferes with normal functioning.
Low back pain can be caused by a number of factors, including age, obesity, osteoporosis, a herniated disk or strain.
Two common types of back pain stem from issues with intervertebral disks. As we age, the intervertebral disk may lose fluid and become dried out, causing the disk to compress. This may lead to the deterioration of the tough outer ring allowing the nucleus, or the inside of the ring, to bulge out. This is considered a bulging disk. As the disk continues to degenerate, or with continued stress on the spine, the inner nucleus may actually rupture out. This is considered a ruptured or herniated disk. The fragments of disk material can then press on the nerve roots that are located just behind the disk space, causing pain, weakness, numbness or changes in sensation.
What are the symptoms?
Muscle ache or spasms
Shooting or stabbing pain
Pain that radiates to the buttocks or legs
Limited range of motion
What treatment options are available?
Baptist Health and OrthoArkansas have teamed up to provide Little Rock's first Orthopedic Injury Clinic. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome.