Lower back pain affects the section of your back starting below the rib cage and down the length of your spine. The sensations you feel can range from a dull ache to bursts of pain (spasms) that stop you in your tracks.
Nearly 8 in 10 adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Symptoms can make it hard to go about your daily life, much less participate in your favorite activities.
That’s why we offer easy access to doctors and physical therapists who quickly get to the source of your pain. In fact, you can even see a physical therapist without a referral from your primary care doctor.
At Aurora Health Care, your many options for care include massage therapy and injections. Our experts, from chiropractors to physical therapists to spine surgeons, can help you get lasting relief from the most stubborn symptoms.
Our large team of sports medicine experts includes chiropractors and physical therapists with specialized training in caring for active people. At Aurora, you’ll also have access to orthopedists who offer the latest nonsurgical and surgical treatments.
Other highlights of our program include:
Your lower back is made up of many complex structures. Injuries from an active lifestyle as well as general wear and tear can damage these structures, causing lower back pain.
Structures in your lower back include:
Our experts will perform a detailed exam to get to the source of your pain. They’ll ask you when the pain started, and what you think might be causing it. Your exam may also include imaging tests, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to help your doctor further pinpoint the cause of your pain. Find out more about orthopedic diagnosis.
For many people, lower back pain goes away on its own. If symptoms persist, treatment can help you stay comfortable as you heal and prevent the pain from coming back.
Lower back pain treatments include: