Lower Back Pain Specialist

River City Pain Management

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in San Antonio, TX

An incredible 80% of adults in the United States experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and it’s one of the primary causes of missed work days. As a highly trained pain management specialist, Arnold DeLeon, MD, has extensive experience helping his patients at River City Pain Management regain pain-free mobility. If you’re in San Antonio, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment and find solutions for your low back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What constitutes the lower back?

At the core of your back lie the 33 vertebrae that make up your spine. Your low back consists of five large vertebrae, called the lumbar spine, which is surrounded by muscles, tendons, and ligaments that all provide crucial support.

Your low back may be small in area, but it literally carries a very large burden as it’s responsible for supporting and providing a wide range of motions for your upper body.

What causes low back pain?

Because of its enormous role in your everyday life, low back pain can be caused by any number of issues, chief among them:

  • Sprains or strains
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis, which occurs when a vertebra slips forward
  • Spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of your spinal canal
  • Compression fractures
  • Injury

Again, your low back is no stranger to stress, which leaves it more prone to problems than other areas of your body. Because of your back’s pivotal role in how you make your way through your day, low back pain can place serious limitations on your life, making medical intervention a good idea.

How is low back pain diagnosed and treated?

When it comes to low back pain, Dr. DeLeon first performs a thorough analysis of your pain so he can get to the underlying cause and provide you with the best solution. To do this, he turns to advanced diagnostic imaging in order to take a look at the structures inside your body to pinpoint the problem.

Once he has an idea of what’s causing your low back pain, Dr. DeLeon comes up with an appropriate treatment plan for your unique situation, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot and cold therapies
  • Nerve blocks
  • Steroid injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Radiofrequency ablation

If your low back pain is persistent, Dr. DeLeon may recommend a spinal cord stimulator, which he implants under your skin. This device emits a mild electrical current that disrupts the pain messaging between your low back and your brain.

If you’d like to find relief from low back pain, call River City Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.