Lower Back Pain

Common Questions

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain (also known as lumbar pain) is a common condition that’s often caused by sprains, strains and disc degeneration. Pain can be mild to severe, and it can negatively affect your quality of life. While lower spine pain can go away on its own within a few weeks, treatment may be required in some cases.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

Is a strain, sprain or pulled muscle causing your lower back pain, or could it be something more severe? Our specialists are dedicated to providing accurate diagnoses, which is why we work one-on-one with patients to understand their symptoms and medical history. We then utilize innovative technology and tools to help identify any serious causes of pain in the lower back. These include tests and imaging tools such as:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • Bone scans
  • MRI
  • EMG
  • SSEP
  • Discography

Once any underlying conditions have been identified and diagnosed, our care team will evaluate the best treatment options available and create a customized care plan based on your unique needs.

What are the risk factors for lower back pain?

Risk factors for lower back pain include injury, age, obesity, improper lifting, certain psychological conditions and job-related factors (such as frequently lifting heavy objects or poor posture). Some medical conditions can also cause lower back pain, including sciatica, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Common Questions

I’ve been diagnosed with lower back pain. Now What do I do?

You don’t have to hurt. When you need spine care in Orange County, trust Hoag. At Hoag, our fellowship-trained team of spine specialists is here to help get you back to doing the things that matter most. We’re committed to treating you like a person, not a chart. Hoag provides the latest technology and treatments, with minimally-invasive techniques designed to help you recover quicker with less pain. Meet the Hoag Spine Center Team.

What treatments are available for lower back pain?

Treatment for lower back pain depends on a variety of factors. It can often be effectively treated through conservative (non-surgical) approaches, including medication, rest, lifestyle changes and physical therapy. In cases where noninvasive care does not alleviate pain or improve mobility, or when there is an underlying condition or disorder, surgery may be required.

Services Offered

Minimally-invasive robotic spinal surgery at Hoag

When your spine is on the line, trust Hoag for spine surgery. Hoag was the first hospital on the West Coast to offer the Mazor X Stealth™   advanced robotic navigation platform for spinal surgery. Combining 3D pre-operative planning tools with robotic precision, the system provides surgeons with advanced visualization of your body’s unique internal structures, and you with the great chance to come back strong from back surgery. Learn more about advanced robotic surgery at Hoag.

Award-Winning Care for the Spine at Hoag

There’s a reason why U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 list of top hospitals ranked Hoag as High Performing — their top distinction — in neurology, neurosurgery and spinal fusion. A higher standard of care. Accurate diagnosis for more successful treatment. A multidisciplinary team of spine-care specialists who are committed to seeing you heal. That’s spinal care at Hoag. Read an essay about a real Hoag patient’s spine-care journey.

Confused about your condition? Trust Hoag Nurse Navigators

Facing a health issue that could involve surgery can be confusing for anyone. That’s why the Hoag Spine Center offers our unique Nurse Navigator program. These trained nurses are there for you, both as a guide and a resource for medically-accurate information about your unique diagnosis. It’s one more way Hoag is here for you through your journey as a patient, every step of the way. Get started with our spine nurse navigator.

Common Questions

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain (also known as lumbar pain) is a common condition that’s often caused by sprains, strains and disc degeneration. Pain can be mild to severe, and it can negatively affect your quality of life. While lower spine pain can go away on its own within a few weeks, treatment may be required in some cases.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

Is a strain, sprain or pulled muscle causing your lower back pain, or could it be something more severe? Our specialists are dedicated to providing accurate diagnoses, which is why we work one-on-one with patients to understand their symptoms and medical history. We then utilize innovative technology and tools to help identify any serious causes of pain in the lower back. These include tests and imaging tools such as:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • Bone scans
  • MRI
  • EMG
  • SSEP
  • Discography

Once any underlying conditions have been identified and diagnosed, our care team will evaluate the best treatment options available and create a customized care plan based on your unique needs.

What are the risk factors for lower back pain?

Risk factors for lower back pain include injury, age, obesity, improper lifting, certain psychological conditions and job-related factors (such as frequently lifting heavy objects or poor posture). Some medical conditions can also cause lower back pain, including sciatica, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Common Questions

I’ve been diagnosed with lower back pain. Now What do I do?

You don’t have to hurt. When you need spine care in Orange County, trust Hoag. At Hoag, our fellowship-trained team of spine specialists is here to help get you back to doing the things that matter most. We’re committed to treating you like a person, not a chart. Hoag provides the latest technology and treatments, with minimally-invasive techniques designed to help you recover quicker with less pain. Meet the Hoag Spine Center Team.

What treatments are available for lower back pain?

Treatment for lower back pain depends on a variety of factors. It can often be effectively treated through conservative (non-surgical) approaches, including medication, rest, lifestyle changes and physical therapy. In cases where noninvasive care does not alleviate pain or improve mobility, or when there is an underlying condition or disorder, surgery may be required.

Services Offered

Minimally-invasive robotic spinal surgery at Hoag

When your spine is on the line, trust Hoag for spine surgery. Hoag was the first hospital on the West Coast to offer the Mazor X Stealth™   advanced robotic navigation platform for spinal surgery. Combining 3D pre-operative planning tools with robotic precision, the system provides surgeons with advanced visualization of your body’s unique internal structures, and you with the great chance to come back strong from back surgery. Learn more about advanced robotic surgery at Hoag.

Award-Winning Care for the Spine at Hoag

There’s a reason why U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 list of top hospitals ranked Hoag as High Performing — their top distinction — in neurology, neurosurgery and spinal fusion. A higher standard of care. Accurate diagnosis for more successful treatment. A multidisciplinary team of spine-care specialists who are committed to seeing you heal. That’s spinal care at Hoag. Read an essay about a real Hoag patient’s spine-care journey.

Confused about your condition? Trust Hoag Nurse Navigators

Facing a health issue that could involve surgery can be confusing for anyone. That’s why the Hoag Spine Center offers our unique Nurse Navigator program. These trained nurses are there for you, both as a guide and a resource for medically-accurate information about your unique diagnosis. It’s one more way Hoag is here for you through your journey as a patient, every step of the way. Get started with our spine nurse navigator.