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Lower Back Pain

What is the prognosis for low back pain?

The outlook for low back pain absolutely depends on its precise cause. For example, acute strain injuries generally heal entirely with minimal treatment. On the other hand, bony abnormalities that are irritating the spinal cord can require significant surgical repair and the outlook depends on the surgical result. Long-term optimal results often involve exercise rehabilitation programs that can involve physical therapists.

Is it possible to prevent low back pain?

Avoiding injury to the low back is a method of preventing low back pain. Additionally, conditioning exercise programs designed to strengthen the lumbar area and adjacent tissues can help to minimize risk of injury to the low back. Specific programs to relieve and prevent back pain can be designed with the help of physical therapists and other treating health-care professionals.

Which health-care specialties treat low back pain?

Physician specialties that evaluate and treat low back pain range from generalists to subspecialists.These specialties include emergency-medicine physicians, general medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, gynecology, spine surgeons (orthopaedics and neurosurgery), rheumatology, pain management, and physiatry. Other health-care providers for low back pain include physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychologists, and acupuncturists.

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Reviewed on 11/17/2016

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