What a pain in the…Low Back!

Do you suffer from low back pain? You are not alone. Low back pain is the number one cause of disability globally, with 84% of adults experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives.

Certain lifestyle factors can be contributing risk factors for low back pain. These risk factors include smoking, obesity, older age, sedentary work, physically strenuous work, female gender, and psychological factors such as depression and anxiety.  

Majority of patients who present to their primary care physician have nonspecific low back pain, meaning that there is no identifiable underlying condition causing the back pain. Most commonly the pain is musculoskeletal, resolving in a few weeks with conservative care. Less than 10% will have specific etiologies such as vertebral compression fractures, radiculopathy, or spinal stenosis. Treatment for acute low back pain, defined as pain for less than 4 weeks, include heat to reduce muscle spasms, exercise, physical therapy, postural modifications, and spinal manipulation. Dr. Carfagno is a practicing doctor of osteopathic medicine and is well versed in exercises, spinal manipulations, and soft tissue manipulations to help alleviate low back pain. If you are struggling with new onset or chronic low back pain it is time to come in to Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute to be evaluated! Call SSMI today at 480-664-4615. #DrCarfagno #SSMI #LBP #lowbackpain #backache #painintheback #discherniation #spinalstenosis

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Wheeler, S. G., Wipf, J. E., Staiger, T. O., et al. (2018). Evaluation of low back pain in adults. UptoDate. Retrieved 24 January 2019. https://www-uptodate-com.mwu.idm.oclc.org/contents/evaluation-of-low-back-pain-in-adults