Maddox Pain Management
Gil Maddox, MD
Pain Management Physician located in Anniston, AL
About 80% of the population is likely to suffer from a back problem at some point in life, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Because lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, top pain specialist Gil Maddox, MD offers the latest in pain-relieving treatments. If you suffer from lower back pain, schedule an evaluation at Maddox Pain Management in Anniston, Alabama by using the online scheduler or by calling the clinic.
Lower Back Pain Q & A
Why do I have lower back pain?
It isn’t always clear what causes every case of lower back pain, although medical experts find that several factors can increase your risk. You may have lower back pain that stems from:
- Older age
- Lack of exercise
- Being overweight
- Smoking cigarettes
- Improper lifting
You’re also more likely to suffer from lower back pain if you’re prone to psychological conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. While anyone of any age can develop lower back pain issues, they tend to develop between ages 30-40.
What causes lower back pain?
Pain is a sign that something is awry in your body. Because your lower back is a complex structure made of bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments, several things can go wrong. Lower back pain can be a sign of:
- Joint irritation or compression
- Ruptured or slipped discs
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Nerve compression, like sciatica
- Degenerative conditions, like arthritis
Since these issues are likely to worsen if you don’t seek treatment, it’s beneficial to see your doctor before your lower back pain starts causing limitations.
When do I need to see a doctor about lower back pain?
While you should certainly make an appointment with Dr. Maddox at the first sign of lower back pain, these issues could point to something more serious:
- Difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels
- Weakness, numbing, or tingling in your limbs
- Pain that radiates below your knee
One or more of these warning signs could mean that your lower back pain is associated with a nerve problem. You need to start treatment to prevent lingering nerve damage.
How is lower back pain treated?
You have several types of lower back treatments available, depending on what’s causing your pain. Many lower back pain sufferers notice considerable improvement with epidural steroid injections. These injections — which can provide relief for up to a year — help minimize inflammation and decrease your pain level.
Dr. Maddox also offers spinal cord stimulation for chronic lower back pain. This minimally-invasive treatment involves implanting a small device near your spine that intercepts pain signals through mild electrical stimulation. If needed, Dr. Maddox could prescribe pain medications, such as Zohydro®, to further relieve debilitating lower back pain.
Get started on your lower back pain treatment by booking an evaluation at Maddox Pain Management. Schedule either online or over the phone.