The doctors in the Stanford Medicine Spine Center have the experience needed to precisely diagnose and effectively treat low back pain, which affects the area below the ribs and above the legs.
All people are likely to experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is quite common among adults.
We help relieve the symptoms of low back pain, which may affect not only your back, but also your legs. Low back pain can cause muscle aches. Pain may be worse when bending, lifting, standing, or walking. You may feel relief when lying down.
Low back pain usually improves with time and care. Applying ice or heat to the affected area may help. When other treatment is needed, our doctors emphasize noninvasive approaches whenever possible. Options may include rest and monitoring, heat and ice, special exercises, and massage. Your doctor also may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medication to relieve pain. In certain cases, surgery may help, but most people don’t need surgical treatment of low back pain.
In addition, Stanford Medicine Spine Center patients with low back pain may have opportunities to participate in research studies of new treatment approaches not yet available anywhere else.