Lower Back Pain Specialist

Advocate Integrated Medicine

Physical Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Johnson City, TN

Estimates show that more than 3 million Americans suffer from lower back pain every year, making it one of the leading causes of overall pain and joint pain in the United States. For effective, conservative treatments for lower back pain, visit Advocate Integrated Medicine. Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, the integrated medical team has extensive experience in treating lower back pain without the need for drugs or surgery. Set up an appointment today by calling or booking online and get the relief you need.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

Why does my lower back hurt?

Lower back pain is often caused by mechanical issues related to the joints in the lower back and soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains. Potential causes of lower back pain include:

  • Intersegmental joint dysfunction
  • Facet syndrome
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated discs

Depending on which movements or activities aggravate your pain, such as running, lifting weights, or sitting for long periods, the team can narrow down the potential causes of your pain.

What are the signs of a lower back injury?

Lower back injuries should be taken seriously since they can predispose you to chronic back pain and disability. Signs of lower back injuries include:

  • Decreased range of motion or stiffness
  • Popping, clicking, or cracking in your back
  • Local or diffuse back pain
  • Pain with specific movements, such as bending or twisting
  • Difficulty bending forward or backward
  • Pain that’s worse when coughing, sneezing, or having a bowel movement
  • Sharp, shooting pain from your back into your legs
  • Numbness and tingling in your legs

Lower back pain can differ in severity and may come and go depending on your day-to-day activities. If your pain lasts longer than 2-3 days, it’s best to be evaluated at Advocate Integrated Medicine to receive appropriate treatment and recover in a timely manner.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

The team diagnoses lower back pain based on a consultation and thorough physical exam. They may also refer you for X-rays or an MRI if they suspect your pain is related to conditions like arthritis or a herniated disc. Based on their findings, they explain your diagnosis and recommend a treatment strategy to help you heal.

How is lower back pain treated?

Lower back pain treatment varies depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms. Possible treatment approaches may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Rehabilitation
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Specialized exercises and stretches
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Ergonomic suggestions for your workstation
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight or increasing your activity level

Your provider may incorporate one or more of these treatments to help you recover as quickly as possible.

To schedule an exam for your lower back pain, call Advocate Integrated Medicine or book an appointment online now.