Lower Back Pain Specialist

Uptown Emergency Room

Emergency Room located in Dallas, TX

To say that low back pain is common would be a gross understatement. Low back pain is one of the primary drivers behind missed work days in the United States and affects about 80% of the adult population at one point or another. But these numbers may be of little consolation if you’re in the grips of debilitating low back pain. To get relief, visit Uptown Emergency Room, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The expert medical staff has extensive experience helping their Dallas-area patients regain pain-free movement.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What makes up the low back?

At the core of your low back are five large vertebrae collectively called the lumbar spine. Surrounding these vertebrae are a host of supporting players, including your:

  • Discs
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Nerves

Together, these components provide your body with an incredible amount of mobility, the range of motion, and, perhaps most importantly, support. In fact, given the small area that comprises your low back, and the role it plays in providing support for the entire upper half of your body, it’s little wonder that low back pain is so common.

What causes low back pain?

There are many factors that can cause low back pain, including:

  • Aging and wear and tear
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle strain
  • Overuse or repetitive strain
  • Spinal stenosis (which is a narrowing of your spinal canal)
  • Spinal irregularities

The most common causes of low back pain generally involve muscle strain or degenerative conditions.

How is low back pain treated?

When you go into Uptown Emergency Room, your doctor first focuses on relieving your immediate pain. Low back pain can hijack your entire well-being, so the medical staff makes sure you’re comfortable.

At the same time, your doctor works to diagnose and treat your underlying issue with the emergency care center’s state-of-the-art tools, which include:

  • X-ray diagnostic imaging
  • CT scans
  • In-house lab
  • Onsite pharmacy

Typically, an X-ray is the first step in rooting out the cause of your problem to see whether a structural issue is responsible for your low back pain. This primary look at what’s going on inside your back provides valuable information for the staff and helps them guide their investigation and treatment.

Besides treating your pain with prescription medication and anti-inflammatories, the doctors also want to ensure you have more long-term solutions. They may offer specialized help for your low back pain, such as a referral to an orthopedic doctor or pain management specialist.

If low back pain is disrupting your life, call or come in to see one of the medical experts at Uptown Emergency Room at any time of day or night, seven days a week.