• Help My Low Back!

    Lower back pain is a common orthopaedic complaint that may involves symptoms such as dull or sharp pain, mild or severe pain, and pain that radiates from the lower back through the buttocks and down one leg. Other possible symptoms of a lower back condition may include muscle spasms, localized soreness, and numbness and tingling down a leg. There are many possible causes of lower back symptoms. An orthopaedic doctor may diagnose a patient with a muscle strain, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or a traumatic injury to the back such as a sports injury.

    The treatment for lower back problems is dependent upon the underlying cause. Once the orthopaedic doctor diagnoses the patient, he or she is likely to recommend that the patient try conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy. If symptoms persist, the patient may consider undergoing a spinal surgery, such as discectomy, laminectomy, vertebral body replacement, or spinal fusion. Before undergoing any medical procedure, patients should fully understand the potential risks involved, which may include complications from the anesthesia, infections, and blood clots.

    If you’re looking for a board-certified orthopaedic doctor in Joliet , give MK Orthopaedics a call. You can reach us at (815) 741-6900 or you can visit our website to learn more about orthopaedic surgery.