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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain: If you are experiencing low back pain, you are not alone. An estimated 75 to 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. Although low back pain can be quite debilitating and painful, in about 90 percent of all cases, pain improves without surgery. However, 50 percent of all patients who suffer from an episode of low back pain will have a recurrent episode within one year. 

Causes of low back pain: 

  • Muscle strain
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Fractures
  • Spinal stenosis

When Surgery Is Necessary :

When conservative treatment for low back pain does not provide relief, surgery may be needed. You may be a candidate for surgery if:

  • Back and leg pain limits normal activity or impairs your quality of life
  • You develop progressive neurological deficits, such as leg weakness and/or numbness
  • You experience loss of normal bowel and bladder functions
  • You have difficulty standing or walking
  • Medication and physical therapy are ineffective
  • You are in reasonably good health