Lower Back Pain Specialist

Specialized Spine & Pain Care -  - Pain Management

Specialized Spine & Pain Care

Pain Management & Spine Specialists located in Morrisville, PA & Bristol, PA

If you’re one of the 31 million American men and women living with low back pain, you can find treatment solutions with Paul Soccio, MD, at his practice in Morrisville, Pennsylvania or satellite locations in Bristol, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Soccio brings a multidisciplinary approach to identifying and treating conditions, including low back pain. You don’t have to live with discomfort from low back pain. Call Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment online today and Feel Better ... Live Better.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What is low back pain?

Low back pain describes discomfort anywhere above your legs and below your ribs. This type of pain often recurs and can become a chronic and disabling condition.

When you have lower back pain, it can involve several areas, including your:

  • Vertebrae
  • Intervertebral discs
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Spinal cord
  • Spinal cord nerves

Pain in your low back can also include your blood vessels and muscles.

What causes low back pain?

You can have pain in your low back for several reasons, but it’s usually the result of auto accidents, sports injuries, or reaching and twisting. You can also develop low back pain from improper lifting.

Other causes of low back pain include:

  • Overuse or misuse
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Compression of the sciatic nerve, or sciatica
  • Degenerative conditions, like arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Health conditions, like fibromyalgia and kidney stones

In rare situations, you can also have low back pain because of other problems like infections, inflammation, scoliosis, or tumors.

How is low back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Soccio performs a comprehensive physical examination to diagnose the cause of your low back pain. During this appointment, he also discusses your personal and family medical history while reviewing your symptoms and pain.

Based on your exam, he might request additional screenings, such as:

  • X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to look for physical abnormalities
  • Nerve conduction or evoked potential studies to check your nerve function
  • Electromyography to evaluate the electrical activity in your muscles

After diagnosing the source of your low back pain, Dr. Soccio develops a personalized approach to managing your condition.

How is low back pain treated?

Dr. Soccio offers several treatments to address low back pain, depending on its cause and severity.

Common therapies for low back pain include:

  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Anti-inflammatory or pain medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternative treatments, like massage or chiropractic care
  • Steroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine

Dr. Soccio might also recommend radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to relieve your discomfort. This minimally invasive therapy uses small amounts of heat to disrupt pain signals sent from the area.

If you’re suffering from low back pain, call Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.