Skip to main content

Lower Back Pain: Understanding Your Treatment Options

About 16 million American adults suffer from chronic lower back pain, with symptoms that affect their day-to-day routines and activities. While lower back pain can be debilitating, available treatments can help relieve your symptoms so you can get back to enjoying your life.

With locations in Houston, Spring, Baytown, Conroe, and The Woodlands, Texas, Zaid Malik, MD, and the team at Superior Pain Relief offer comprehensive pain management options for lower back pain, including nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatments. Here’s how we can help you.

Why lower back pain happens

Also called the lumbar spine, the lower back is a common source of pain for many people, partly because the lower section of your spine is so flexible and partly because it’s used in so many actions. Over time, the joints and discs in your lower back get subjected to a lot of stress and strain that can eventually lead to chronic pain.

Some of the most common causes of lower back pain include:

Chronic pain often begins as a mild, nagging ache and grows worse over time.

Treatment options for lower back pain

Different types of lower back pain require different treatment approaches. Dr. Malik performs a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms, including a physical exam and imaging studies, before determining the best approach for you.

Physical therapy and medication form the cornerstones of conservative treatment for lower back pain, along with lifestyle changes to help prevent recurrence of chronic symptoms. You may move on to other options when conservative treatments don’t provide meaningful relief.


When physical therapy and medications aren’t effective, injections are often the next step in treatment for many types of back pain. Epidural injections are administered to the epidural space surrounding your spinal column, while facet joint injections target the joints between each pair of vertebrae. 

Some patients require ongoing treatment to manage their pain. In those instances, Dr. Malik may recommend an intrathecal pump implant to deliver pain medication in specific, repeated doses. 

Treatments that disrupt pain signals

For nerve-related pain, minimally invasive treatments often focus on preventing nerve signals from traveling from the damaged or overactive nerve to the brain. Radiofrequency (RF) ablation uses heat energy to damage nerve endings responsible for lower back pain so they no longer transmit those painful signals.

Spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation use a similar approach, but with different technology. In these treatments, Dr. Malik implants a tiny device near your spine that emits controlled interference that prevents pain signals from reaching your brain.

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty

These minimally invasive procedures are typically used in people who have compression fractures, tiny breaks associated with osteoporosis. Both aim to stabilize the injury site and prevent future problems.

Get relief for your chronic back pain

If you have lower back pain, it’s important to know that there are effective nonsurgical options beyond medication. To learn more about these and other lower back pain treatments, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Malik and the team at Superior Pain Relief.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Preparing for Your Cryoanalgesia: Here's What to Expect

Preparing for Your Cryoanalgesia: Here's What to Expect

Cryoanalgesia is a minimally invasive therapy that uses cold to temporarily block pain signals, providing relief for many types of chronic pain. In this post, learn about the benefits of cryoanalgesia and what to expect during your visit.
Managing Fibromyalgia Pain: Know Your Options

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain: Know Your Options

Millions of Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome associated with widespread discomfort throughout the body and other persistent symptoms. Treatments provide relief, but you need to know what options are available.
3 Types of Nerve Blocks: Which Is Best for You?

3 Types of Nerve Blocks: Which Is Best for You?

Nerve blocks provide relief for many types of pain that don’t respond to conservative therapies, like steroid injections and physical therapy. Here, you can learn about three primary types of nerve blocks and what they treat.
Understanding Your Body's Fight-or-Flight Mechanism

Understanding Your Body's Fight-or-Flight Mechanism

The fight-or-flight mechanism helps you stay safe in times of danger. But if that system is overactive, it can wind up causing chronic pain or making existing pain worse. Fortunately, nerve blocks can help. Here’s how.
Oh, My Aching Neck!

Oh, My Aching Neck!

Neck pain is common, but there are many treatments that can help. Determining the cause of your painful symptoms is the first step toward finding a therapy that’s effective. Here's what you should know.

Can Osteoarthritis Be Reversed?

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people worldwide, causing pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. If you have OA, you might wonder if the condition is reversible. In this post, learn the answer — and how we can help you find relief.