Causes of Low Back Pain

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We've all experienced some type of pain in our body. Headache, migraine, neck pain, knee pain, hip pain and low back pain are all very common types of pain. If we're lucky, it tends to go away within a few days. However some of us are not as lucky as others.

Not all pains go away and we're forced to live with it or find a solution.

Most people have their own personal family remedies. Maybe lay down, stretch, and rest for a few days. Maybe even a  workout or take a couple of ibuprofen or Tylenol. Heat packs and ice can sometimes feel really great.

When you go see a pain mangement physician, the first job for the doctor is to exactly what find out what is causing your pain. Low back pain, as well as other types of pain, is a symptom and not a cause. Once the patient and doctor understand the cause, for example muscle tightness, or arthritis, or a pinched nerve, they can then together figure out a plan to start working with you to alleviate what caused your pain to start in the first plan, to manage your pain, and sometimes, significantly or permanently reduce your pain.

I look forward to helping patients identify what is causing their difficult pains and then helping them move forward with management and treatment!


About the author: Robert Bowers, MD, is a double board-certified, fellowship-trained anesthesiology and pain medicine physician, practicing at Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Bowers provides patient-focused treatment plans to address back pain, joint pain, and other chronic pain issues. He considers all aspects of a patient’s health and wellness before creating individualized treatment programs designed to address the underlying cause of pain instead of merely masking the symptoms. Website:


Please see my newer post called "Sciatica: Getting to the Root of Pinched Nerve Pain" here:

Robert Bowers MD

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