Lower Back Pain Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Lower back pain is a very common problem that affects as much as 80% of the population. If you suffer from back pain, book an appointment at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists, with locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois. The team specializes in pain management and can help you achieve long-term, reliable relief from your lower back pain. To learn more, call or schedule your visit online today.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Common causes of lower back pain include:

  • Muscle injuries
  • Strained ligaments
  • Muscle spasms
  • Scoliosis (and other spine abnormalities)
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tumors 
  • Fibromyalgia

Lower back pain can also occur as a result of traumatic injuries such as a fall, car accident, or sports injury. Although anyone can develop lower back pain, certain factors like age, obesity, and limited physical activity can increase your risk. 

Both acute (lasting a few days to few weeks) and chronic (lasting for 12 weeks or longer) lower back pain can affect your performance at work, home, or in the gym. 

Although lower back pain becomes a normal part of life for many people, there are steps you can take to achieve reliable, long-term pain relief. 

When should I see a doctor about my lower back pain?

In many cases, lower back pain is minor and short-lived, only lasting a few days. If you suffer from severe back pain or symptoms that don’t seem to go away, you should seek medical attention from the pain management specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine. 

Certain types of back pain like arthritis or a herniated disc can lead to worse symptoms without proper treatment. 

What happens during my appointment?

Lower back pain comes with a long list of potential causes, so an accurate diagnosis is essential to proper treatment. 

During your appointment, your doctor performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. You and your doctor also discuss your symptoms and any steps you’ve taken to reduce your pain. 

In many cases, your doctor performs additional tests like an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI to get more detailed information about your condition. After your diagnosis, your doctor works with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for your lower back pain. 

How is lower back pain treated?

Treatment for your lower back pain may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Spinal injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Your doctor may combine a number of treatments to develop the most effective treatment plan. 

If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative care, you may need surgery. The specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine make sure to exhaust all conservative options before recommending surgery. 

Lower back pain not only affects your physical health but your overall quality of life. To get started on your treatment plan, book your appointment by phone or online today.