Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a very common disorder affecting about 40% of the population.  This is known to have considerable impact on ones quality of life.  Low back pain may be classified as acute if the pain last less than six weeks.  Alternatively, chronic back pain is considered if pain presents itself for over 12 weeks.

Most often, the specific cause of the pain is not known and is attributed, in a general fashion, to musculoskeletal problems.  Treatment of low back pain conservatively begins with medication to alleviate the symptoms.  Physical therapy may also be sought to reduce the symptoms.

For more serious cases having known causes such as herniated discs, surgery may be suggested.  The advised surgery most often include discectomy or spinal fusion.