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Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor.
Depending on the cause, you may have noticed a dull ache, a sharp or burning sensation in your lower back, weakness in your leg, hip or the bottom of your foot. Your physician can determine the exact cause of persistent, chronic back pain.
The combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine has the training, experience and expertise to know when chronic back pain can be treated without surgery. If surgery is required, our spine surgeons are skilled in all surgical options and use minimally invasive techniques when possible so you can heal faster and get back to your life.
Studies have linked smoking to lower back pain. Smoking is tied to plaque buildup in the arteries, and vascular damage to discs and joints may be a cause of lower back pain.
Susan Smith’s lifestyle went from stagnant to steadily active after spinal fusion at Norton Leatherman Spine.
Maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your abdominal muscles strong and flexible, and using good posture are all keys to preventing chronic lower back pain.
Whether at work or at home, pay attention to your seating. If you spend time in front of a computer, set the top of your screen at eye level. Consider a chair that supports your lower back. Set the height so your thighs are at hip level with your feet resting comfortably on the floor or a footrest. Consider a pair of computer glasses that allow you to focus without tilting your head to accommodate progressive lenses.
If you are experiencing chronic lower back pain, there is hope. Many nonsurgical treatment options can eliminate all symptoms and complications associated with this frustrating condition. Our spine specialists may suggest a variety of nonsurgical chronic back pain treatment options, including:
If these treatments don’t provide relief from your pain, spinal surgery may be an option. Our physicians consider surgery only for patients who have nerve damage or a condition that does not heal after a long period of time. Surgical options can include removal of slipped discs and/or bone spurs to relieve pressure on nerves. Fusing vertebrae together can stabilize the spine and relieve pressure causing your pain.
Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons from Norton Neuroscience Institute and pain management specialists who provide care for adults and children from Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as from across the region, nation and world.
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