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The lower back plays a huge, important role in providing stability to the body and supporting the weight of the upper portion. It comprises the lumbar spine, which starts at the bottom of the thoracic spine region (T12) and ends at the sacral region (S1). The lumbar spine is surrounded by muscles, ligaments, and nerves that control functions such as leg movement, bowel and bladder control. Excessive pressure on the lumbar spine can lead to low back pain and other issues that can cause disability and dysfunction. This common issue affects many people, leading to missed work and limited daily activities. Fortunately, there are available treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, that can help reduce the effects of low back pain and its associated symptoms. Two such treatments are epidural injections and spinal decompression. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to provide musculoskeletal therapies for low back pain that can affect the lower body extremities. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education from our associated medical providers about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
What Are Epidural Steroid Injections?
Are you experiencing low back pain? Does it prevent you from working or participating in activities? Have you noticed any pain radiating down your legs or feet? These symptoms are often associated with low back pain and can limit mobility. Many people suffer from low back pain, leading to missed work. The causes include disc herniation, arthritis, and nerve compression. For relief, some people turn to epidural injections. Research studies revealed that these injections could help reduce pain caused by spinal nerve root issues affecting surrounding muscles. As additional studies showed, epidural injections are a minimally invasive procedure involving injecting local anesthetics or steroids into the epidural space where the pain originates in the spine, and they have proven to be an effective treatment option.
How Do Epidural Injections Reduce Low Back Pain?
Low back pain can cause several symptoms, such as radiating pain down to the back, hips, and legs, numbness, tingling sensations, muscle spasms, and joint dysfunction. Some people opt for an epidural injection containing an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid to ease the pain. In “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., stated that this hormone is injected into the affected area near the spinal cord but outside the surrounding membranes. While epidural injections are a common interventional treatment for spine-related issues, they only provide temporary relief and do not address where the root cause of the pain. However, they can help individuals manage chronic pain and engage in collaborative or alternative treatments to alleviate the pain-like symptoms associated with low back pain.
Say Goodbye To Pain With Chiropractic Care-Video
Are you experiencing pain radiating in your back or legs that spread outwards? Do you feel strain in your muscles when lifting heavy items or struggle to walk short distances? These symptoms are often associated with low back pain and can lead to a life of disability. This can be especially challenging if it prevents you from working. Fortunately, surgical and non-surgical treatments can reduce pain and address risk factors associated with low back pain. While surgical treatments are an option, they can be expensive. Many individuals opt for non-surgical treatments, which are safe, gentle, and cost-effective. These treatments can identify the root cause of the problem and incorporate various techniques to reduce pain symptoms. For example, chiropractic care and spinal decompression can help realign the body, reduce pain, and promote the body’s natural healing process to ease low back pain, as demonstrated in the video above.
The Effects Of Spinal Decompression On Low Back Pain
Consider trying spinal decompression if an epidural injection for low back pain doesn’t work. Low back pain can be caused by pressure on spinal discs and nerves. Spinal decompression is a safe and gentle non-invasive treatment. Research shows it can gently pull discs back into place, relieve pain, and improve joint function using negative pressure. This treatment allows muscles to relax and reduces nerve stress, promoting the body’s natural healing process and increasing disc height. With spinal decompression, individuals can learn how to prevent low back pain from recurring by being more mindful of their actions.
You may benefit from epidural injections and spinal decompression if you are suffering from low back pain. Low back pain can be disabling and cause you to miss work. These treatments can relieve pain by reducing pressure on the nerve roots and easing referred pain. By using these treatments, you can experience relief and return to your daily activities with a greater understanding of how to care for your low back.
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Choi, E., Gil, H. Y., Ju, J., Han, W. K., Nahm, F. S., & Lee, P.-B. (2022). Effect of Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression on Intensity of Pain and Herniated Disc Volume in Subacute Lumbar Herniated Disc. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 2022, 1–9. doi.org/10.1155/2022/6343837
Kaplan, E., & Bard, P. (2023). The Ultimate Spinal Decompression. JETLAUNCH.
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