Lower back pain ranks high against other causes of job-related disability, affecting about eighty percent of Americans at some point. The pain may result from certain conditions, injuries, and working a job that involves heavy lifting. McNulty Spine features board-certified specialists like Dr. Patrick S. McNulty, a double board-certified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. McNulty addresses lower back pain in Las Vegas using state-of-the-art equipment and advanced practices.
Common Causes of Lower Back Pain
Your vulnerability to lower back pain increases in case of certain injuries and diseases like spinal deformities, degenerative diseases, and acute injuries. In most cases, strains and sprains in the back muscles and connective tissues are among the most common causes of acute back pain.
Your lower back pain may result from:
- Personal injury
- Workplace injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated/ bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Osteoporosis fracture
In case of electrical sensations, shooting pains, and weaknesses in your legs or buttocks, as well as back pain, the pain may be a result of compression of the lower spinal cord and sciatic nerve.
Sciatica refers to the symptoms occurring when the herniated disc or related condition compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. Your symptoms may include pain that radiates down the legs and goes past the knees.
When to See the Doctor
If you experience acute back pain resulting from a sprain or strain, you can benefit from rest and at-home therapy like cold and hot compresses or over-the-counter medication. If the pain lasts for over four weeks or worsens, visit McNulty Spine for immediate diagnosis and treatment.
Diagnosing the Root Cause of Lower Back Pain
To determine the root cause of your lower back pain, Dr. McNulty performs a comprehensive exam inclusive of diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of your back pain. Your doctor may recommend tests like:
ü Spinal injections
ü Bone scan
ü CT scan
Dr. McNulty poses questions about your pain and related symptoms. For more accuracy, he examines your spine for anomalies to guide you through specific movements to point out the cause of your pain and its effects on your mobility.
Treatment of Lower Back Pain
Dr. McNulty offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options for your lower back pain. He drafts a treatment plan addressing the root cause of your complication and alleviating the pain to improve mobility. Your treatment may comprise:
- Reconstruction surgeries
- Fusion surgeries
- Disc replacement
- Nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Spinal injections
- Chiropractic treatment
- Physical therapy
Dr. McNulty specializes in traditional open surgical options, minimally invasive, and robotic surgical remedies.
Other Services Offered at McNulty Spine
Minimally invasive surgery
If left unattended, lower back pain affects your life’s quality, productivity, and mobility. McNulty Spine assures you of highly effective results. Call the practice or visit the website to book an appointment if your lower back persists.