Lower Back Pain Q&A
What causes low back pain?
When you have low back pain, it can involve your discs, vertebrae, tendons, and ligaments, or spinal cord and spinal nerves. Low back pain can even affect your muscles and blood vessels.
This type of pain can develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common causes include:
- Sports injuries
- Twisting and reaching
- Improper lifting
- Overuse or misuse
Other types of low back pain can develop from degenerative conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and spinal stenosis. In some cases, you can experience low back pain because of health conditions like kidney stones and, more rarely, inflammation, infections, and tumors.
How is low back pain treated?
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs can recommend a variety of treatments for low back pain. The most common conservative approaches include:
- Hot or cold therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers
- Physical therapy
- Acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation
- Trigger point injections or nerve blocks
If your low back pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs can suggest regenerative procedures like stem cell injections or minimally invasive spine surgery.
What are stem cell injections?
This powerful regenerative therapy uses the vital building blocks of your body harvested from your own tissue to trigger the healing process in your pain site. Stem cells are in your tissue, blood, and bone marrow.
After harvesting your stem cells and preparing them for injection, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs delivers the sample directly to the source of your pain. These cells prompt your body to begin growing new tissue, including cartilage, in the area with the damage or disease that’s causing your discomfort.
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs often recommends stem cell therapy to treat conditions that include arthritis, disc degeneration, and strains.
What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs is an experienced orthopedic surgeon offering several minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques as an alternative to traditional procedures relying on a large incision.
During minimally invasive spinal surgery, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs creates incisions using specialized surgical tools and a tiny camera for guidance. This approach reduces trauma in the area. These procedures sometimes use a laser instead of a scalpel to cut through soft tissues like ligaments and discs.
The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include faster recovery times with less pain, fewer risks of complications and scarring, and shorter hospital stays.