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Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain

Pain Management & Spine Specialist in Las Vegas, Nevada

Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain services offered in Las Vegas, NV

Acute and chronic low back pain usually have different causes, but for 20% of people, a bout of acute pain turns into a chronic condition lasting a year or longer. The interventional pain management specialists at Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center offer comprehensive care for both types of low back pain. Their advanced treatments target the source of your pain, effectively providing the relief you need to return to an active life. If you need help with low back pain, call one of the three offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, or use the online booking feature today.

Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Q&A

What is the difference between acute and chronic low back pain?

Acute pain refers to the immediate discomfort you feel after an injury, following surgery, or due to spinal disease. This type of pain improves as the tissues heal.

Chronic pain lasts 12 weeks or longer. In some cases, the pain goes on even after the tissues heal. However, many people have long-lasting pain because of a chronic health condition.

What causes acute and chronic low back pain?

Acute low back pain typically occurs after an athletic or workplace injury, motor vehicle accident, or during daily activities that strain your back, like heavy lifting.

An acute injury may turn into chronic pain, but you’re more likely to have long-lasting pain due to overuse injuries (repeating the same movements) and degenerative diseases.

Over many years of movement, your spine develops natural, degenerative changes, causing problems such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease

 

These problems cause low back pain, pinch spinal nerves, and may lead to spinal instability.

What symptoms accompany acute and chronic low back pain?

Acute and chronic low back pain typically limit your ability to move. If your injury or degenerative disease pinch spinal nerves, you may also have pain and tingling that travel along the nerve and radiate into your legs.

Sciatica, the best-known example of nerve pain, causes sudden pain that shoots down one leg. Most people describe sciatica as an excruciating, electric-shock type of pain that makes it hard to move.

How are acute and chronic low back pain treated?

Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center specializes in advanced interventional treatments that effectively ease acute and chronic low back pain.

Interventional treatments target the nerves causing your pain. Your provider may inject steroids to reduce painful nerve inflammation. Or they may precisely treat the nerves sending pain signals to your brain and block nerve transmissions.

Interventional treatments for acute and chronic low back pain include:

  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Facet joint injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Medial branch nerve block
  • Trigger point injections

 

The team determines if you need physical therapy to improve spinal strength and flexibility. Your provider may also recommend minimally invasive procedures to decompress pinched nerves or repair a spinal compression fracture.

You can get exceptional relief from acute and chronic low back pain at Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center. Schedule an appointment by calling or booking online today.

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