Lower Back Pain Specialist

Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Crown Point, IN & Munster, IN

Nearly 80% of all American adults suffer from lower back pain at some point. At Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute, with offices in Crown Point and Munster, Indiana, you can find a solution to your back pain. With a highly trained, professional team that includes Dr. Bernard Rerri, who’s fellowship-trained in minimally invasive spinal surgery, you have access to cutting-edge technology that can get you back to doing the things you love without pain. To learn more, call the office or go online to schedule your appointment.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Many things can cause lower back pain. Sometimes, back pain results from a specific incident, like a vehicle accident or lifting something too heavy. Other times, age and normal wear and tear degrades the spine so pain develops over a long period, eventually becoming unbearable. Certain jobs can lead to lower back pain, including those that contribute to a sedentary lifestyle.

When you have acute back pain, which lasts from a few days to a few weeks, it normally results from a disruption around your spine’s alignment and may involve your vertebrae, muscles, spinal discs, or nerves.

If you have chronic lower back pain — lasting longer than 12 weeks — it may result from a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated, bulging, or ruptured discs
  • Spinal scoliosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebrae)

 How can you improve lower back pain?

If your lower back pain is acute, the team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute recommends resting your back from strenuous activities and those that cause your back pain to worsen. If possible, avoid bed rest or complete inactivity, as this can make your pain worse. Hot and cold therapy can reduce inflammation and may relieve your low back pain.

With chronic pain, your doctor may recommend the above strategies, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises. In some cases, they may suggest physical therapy. For some conditions, your back specialist may recommend wearing a back brace or opt for spinal injections or epidurals.

What are minimally invasive back surgeries?

If your lower back pain is debilitating, Dr. Rerri may recommend lower back surgery. Depending on your condition and its severity, he may suggest:

  • Spinal fusions, including transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions (TLIF)
  • Laminectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty

The type of surgery you have influences your recovery time. Some minimally invasive procedures may only take one to two weeks before you feel like your old self, while traditional spinal fusions can take three to 12 months before you reach a full recovery.

If lower back pain interferes with your life, it’s time to seek help from Dr. Rerri and the team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute. Call or go online to schedule your appointment today.

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