6 months ago

written by Cameron Carmody, MD

We all have had low back pain at one time or another. Low back pain can range from a dull ache to I need to see a spine surgeon now!

Low back pain usually begins after an activity, a sudden movement, or lifting a heavy object but can also arise without any strenuous exertion.

Low Back Pain Symptoms

  • Soreness, Sensitivity to touch
  • Your pain is achy and dull
  • You are suffering from muscle spasms
  • You have difficulty moving around, standing or even sitting
  • Your pain is traveling, moves around to your groin, buttock, upper thigh or down your leg.

A possible cause of low back pain can be a simple muscle strain – with heat or cold packs and time the pain will slowly dissipate. When the pain begins to travel to the buttock, leg and/ or foot you may have a case of sciatica.

Sciatica Symptoms

  • Ongoing pain as opposed to flaring up every few days
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving a leg or foot appears
  • Tingling or burning begins
  • Standing still or sitting for long periods worsen your pain than when you’re walking
  • Your pain is typically on one side of the buttock or leg

When your low back pain begins to affect your everyday life, and impedes your ability to do the things you love to do it’s time to see a specialist. As we age degenerative disc disease begins to set in and should be monitored by an orthopedic surgeon you can trust.

Dr. Cameron Carmody is a Fellowship trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Top10MD. Dr. Carmody has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the spine from disc surgery to scoliosis. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Carmody at Texas Spine Consultants, call 214-370-3535. Dr. Carmody has been named a Top10MD – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with in the United States.


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