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About Low Back Pain

Low back pain begins below the ribcage in the lumbar region, and symptoms range from a dull ache to a stabbing sensation. Lower back pain often comes on suddenly as a result of an injury, heavy lifting, or sudden movement. Other times, it presents with a more gradual onset over a period of months or years. At UT Health Austin, we understand that back pain can severely reduce your quality of life and limit your ability to perform daily tasks and enjoy time with family and friends. We are dedicated to getting you back on your feet.

Low Back Pain Treatment at UT Health Austin

Our team of experts will evaluate your medical history, conduct a thorough physical examination, and obtain any radiologic imaging necessary to pinpoint the cause of your pain. Additionally, a provocation test may be done to reproduce your symptoms and determine the cause of your condition. Whether you require a medication, physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, injections, or surgery, your care team will develop a treatment plan designed to reduce your pain and relieve symptoms.

When is Back Pain an Emergency?

If you are experiencing severe back pain after an injury or fall, loss of bowel or bladder control, major numbness in the legs, leg weakness, foot drop, or fever, seek immediate emergency medical care.

About the Back and Neck Pain Center

The Back and Neck Pain Center at UT Health Austin offers a team-based approach to coordinate care around your specific needs. This approach always puts you at the center of your care. Our team includes physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, behavioral therapy specialists, and dietitians that may be involved in your treatment plan. Input from a variety of disciplines allows you to get the right diagnosis and the care you need, from the providers you need, all in one location, and all at the same visit.