As many as 80% of adults suffer from back pain in their lifetime, and many of those require treatment to manage chronic low back pain. At Failed Back Institute in Weatherford, Granbury & Midland, Texas, Scott Smith, MD is a spinal surgeon with over 25 years of experience in treating spinal disorders. He offers hope for pain relief, even if you’ve been told that nothing can be done to lessen your pain. For a consultation regarding your chronic low back pain, call or request an appointment online.

What is chronic low back pain?

Chronic low back pain refers to pain in your lower back that has lasted for more than 12 weeks. The low back is made up of the five vertebrae of the lumbar spine, which supports the bulk of the body’s weight.  

The lumbar spine is the most common part of the back to have pain, and symptoms can range from mild to debilitating.

Symptoms include:

  • Muscle ache in your lower back
  • Pain that radiates down your legs
  • Sharp and shooting pain
  • Increased pain with bending, standing, or walking
  • Pain that lessens when you’re in a reclining position

For about 20% of back pain sufferers, back pain can become chronic and not go away with rest and conservative measures. For some, more aggressive treatment, such as surgery, may be needed.

What causes low back pain?

The primary cause for low back pain is poor body mechanics, or poor body position during work or play.

Possible causes for low back pain include:

  • Muscle sprains and strains: From overwork or poor body position
  • Degenerative disc disease: A breakdown of the discs between vertebrae
  • Herniated or bulging disc: When the vertebral disc is compressed
  • Radiculopathy or sciatica: A compression of spinal nerves
  • Spinal stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Spinal deformities: Either congenital or due to age
  • Traumatic injury: Such as fractures or spinal compression

Chronic health conditions can also contribute to low back pain, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammatory disease, or fibromyalgia. Whatever the cause of your chronic low back pain, treatment is possible.  

How is chronic low back pain treated?

Usually, chronic low back pain treatments begin conservatively using oral medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections. If you’ve tried these treatments and still have pain, you may need a more involved approach.

Many who come to Dr. Smith still have low back pain despite a previous surgery to treat it. If this is you, then you may have failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

FBSS is an area of expertise for Dr. Smith, who utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and specialized spinal implants to surgically repair the underlying problems causing your back pain. You may have surgical options, such as laminectomy, spinal fusion revision, or artificial joint replacement, even if you’ve been told that you have no hope for recovery.

For a consultation regarding how Dr. Smith can help improve your chronic low back pain, call or request an appointment online.