Lower Back Pain Doctors Near You in Seattle / Bellevue, WA
NOTE: Dr. Attaman and Dr. Cartier are still seeing patients during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic. Contact our office in Bellevue if your appointment with another pain-management physician has been canceled, or if you have been unable to book an appointment. If you prefer to stay at home, you can book a telemedicine consultation with us. Here is more info on our status during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When do you need lower back pain treatment?
People develop lower back pain (lumbar pain) for variety of reasons, and need lower back pain treatment for a variety of reasons. You may have a sports injury, or back pain due to poor position and posture working at your desk for too long, or aches and pains from working in the yard. Regardless of the root of the problem, it is necessary to seek professional treatment from a back pain doctor.
Some people bear low back pain for a few days or weeks with the hope that it will pass. For some, the back pain will pass, but for the times where this is not the case, lower back pain treatment is recommended. The last thing you want is for your back pain or back injury to get worse.
We can help diagnose your back pain to try and find the root cause and the appropriate back pain treatment option.
What causes your lower back pain?
It is not uncommon to experience pain in one or more common areas. The spine and muscles in the back usually contribute to lower back pain.
Common causes of back pain include:
Herniated Discs: Most problems originating in the spine are a result of the spaces between the bones called intervertebral discs. These discs are composed of two main parts: a soft inner nucleus and a fibrous outer wall called the annulus fibrosis. When the fiber walls of the outer vertebrae crack, the soft inner nucleus to push through and put pressure on the nerve root. This herniation of the disc can then cause pain to radiate down one or both of the legs.
Back Muscles: Often back pain originates from back muscles that have been strained or pulled. Those suffering from sore, aching, and painful backs are usually suffering from muscle ailments.
Facet Pain: Facet pain accounts for a large amount of back and neck pain in patients. Facet joints are the joints that connect each vertebrae to another. Facet joints provide stability and mobility of the vertebrae. Facet pain can occur due to injury or disease and can be very painful.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Sometimes lower back pain and leg pain can be attributed to the Sacroiliac joint. The sacroiliac joint connects the spine to the pelvis and can cause pain when overused or when underused.
What are treatments for lower back pain and back injuries?
After you injure your back, your first intuitions may lead you to a hot bath or a comfortable bed. These remedies may make your back feel better immediately, yet such actions are to be viewed as very short-term remedies. In addition, some people resort to such things as icing the back, resting the back and compressing the specific painful area. While some of these home remedies will give you quick relief, they are not long term solutions.
We offer a wide variety of lower back pain and back injury treatments, including:
- Physical Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Home Exercise Programs
- Various Non-Surgical Injection based procedures, such as epidural steroid injections, sacroiliac joint injections, radiofrequency treatment of the facet joints in your spine, spinal cord stimulation, ligament injections, tendon injections.
What is chronic back pain?
Some people have a history of back issues and suffer from chronic back pain. Such individuals may limit their levels of activity in fear of making back matters worse, although this may not be the right thing to do.
If you have chronic back pain, spasms, or throbbing, there is a solution. Seeking lower back pain treatment in from a professional is the answer. Our Seattle-area back pain physicians (Drs. Attaman and Cartier) will work with you to discuss your options and provide you with exercises that can alleviate back pain and customized treatment plans to get you back on track. In addition, our doctors can let you know if a medical procedure is suggested or necessary in order to ultimately rid yourself of back pain.