Lower Back Pain Specialist

ERgent Med

Immediate Care & Primary Care located in Brunswick, GA & St. Simons Island, GA

Men and women all around the world suffer from lower back pain at least once in their lives. In fact, it’s the leading cause of people calling in sick from work. At ERgent Med in Brunswick, Georgia, Michael Hamm, DO, and Robin Basset, NP-C, offer highly effective lower back pain treatments to ensure you never have to miss a day of work or be in unnecessary pain for days on end. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamm today by phone or online to manage your lower back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Many issues can lead to lower back pain. The most natural cause of lower back pain is age since the older you get, the more wear-and-tear there is on your vertebrae.

In most other cases, lower back pain arises as a result of something else. Other causes of lower back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Trauma
  • Nerve compression
  • Ruptured, slipped, or herniated discs

If none of the above applies to you, it’s possible your lower back pain stems from a developmental issue you’ve had your entire life.

To make a clear assessment of the cause of your back pain, Dr. Hamm might order an X-ray, CAT scan, or MRI. The faster you address this, the faster you can receive proper treatment and get rid of your pain.

When should you see a doctor about lower back pain?

You should consider getting in touch with Dr. Hamm at ERgent Med if your lower back pain is making your daily activities hard to complete.

Keep in mind that even slight lower back pain warrants a visit to the doctor. You don’t want your symptoms to worsen. Consequently, Dr. Hamm recommends you call him at the first sign of lower back pain.

Initial symptoms of lower back pain might include:

  • Radiating pain below your knee
  • Limb tingling, numbness, and weakness
  • Bladder and bowel control problems

If you’ve noticed any of the above, it’s crucial you get in touch with Dr. Hamm, as these symptoms are most likely signs of nerve damage.

How do you treat lower back pain?

Before recommending treatment, Dr. Hamm works hard to pinpoint the exact cause of your lower back pain. There’s no point in treating a symptom if the cause is unknown. After a comprehensive assessment of the cause of your lower back pain, Dr. Hamm might recommend:

  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Steroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Nerve blocks

If Dr. Hamm believes injections are the best course of treatment, he uses ultrasound imaging to guide them to the source of your pain.

In most cases, a combination of all of the above treatment options is the best way to eliminate your pain completely.

Call or go online today to book an appointment and learn more about the benefits of lower back pain treatment.