(Lower Back & Spine)
The last main section of the spine, or the lumbar spine, bears most of the weight: holding up the thoracic spine, upper body, neck, and head. It is also the section that endures the most strain. Bending forward, backward, and side to side while also helping align the upper and lower body, your lower back has a lot to do. In contrast, just underneath the lumbar spine are the sacrum (or sacral spine) and the coccyx (or coccygeal spine). Unlike the rest of your spinal column, the bones of these spine sections are shaped differently with almost no movement between them.
Altogether, the lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal spine region is a complex structure of five lumbar vertebrae, cushioning lumbar discs, five fused sacral vertebrae, the tailbone, paraspinal muscles, and other supporting tissues. The lower spine serves to protect the last portion of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves while weight bearing and helping you stand, walk, run, jump, and sit. With all that motion and pressure, the lower back and spine can be very vulnerable to stress and damage of all kinds, making lower back pain one of the most common complaints.
How Are You Feeling?
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, our surgeons and nonoperative doctors are all specialty-trained with years of experience dedicated to treating your low-back and spine-related pain at the source. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, our experts are here to offer the best care plan focused on you:
- Difficulty walking or standing normally or for extended periods
- Low-back pain that is sudden and sharp or has worsened over time
- Numbness or tingling in the buttocks and/or leg(s)
- Pain in the lower back or tailbone when sitting for short or long periods
- Pain in the lower back that radiates to the buttocks and/or leg(s)
- Sideways curving in the lower back
Finding the Problem
Our entire team of advanced specialists provides top-tier care for a range of problems that affect the lower back and spine, from muscular problems and vertebral injuries to nerve-related pain.
When you visit us, your provider team will listen to your experiences and thoroughly examine affected areas, which may include advanced imaging and other diagnostics. With this information, your doctor will be able to diagnose your problem and help find the source of your pain or limitation. The most common diagnoses our doctors specialize in include:
- Compression fractures
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint syndrome
- Herniated lumbar discs, or slipped discs, and bulging discs
- Lumbar spinal stenosis or lumbar myelopathy
- Sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy)
Finding the Solution
Once your diagnosis is carefully determined, your doctor will work closely with you and your care team to offer the evidence-based treatment options best-suited to alleviate your symptoms and keep you doing what you love. That is all we do every day at Nebraska Spine + Pain Center.
Always beginning with conservative measures, such as medications, targeted exercises, and physical therapy, your doctor will find the right way to help you. Should interventional or surgical measures be needed, our doctors will use the least invasive methods possible, including utilizing image-guided and/or minimally invasive techniques and technologies. Whatever your needs, our specialists have the advanced expertise to perform the procedure that will restore function and give you relief.