Lumbar Spine and SI Joint
The low back is the most common area of back pain. There are many possible causes, including muscle, nerve, and spine injuries, as well as arthritis, "wear and tear" conditions of aging and poor posture. Let the board-certified specialists at the Spine Academy of Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland (OACM) help you overcome your low back pain through both surgical and non-surgical leading-edge treatments.
If you are bothered by lumbar spine pain and stiffness, request an appointment online or call (410) 644-1880 for an appointment at our Columbia, Baltimore or Eldersburg offices.
About the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
The lumbar spine is composed of five large bones called vertebrae. It is located in your lower back, just below your waistline. The lumbar spine provides back stability and movement. Just below the lumbar spine is the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which is made up of five vertebrae that are fused together and do not move. The SI joint connects the spine to the pelvis.
Low back pain is caused by abnormalities in the soft tissues, nerves, discs or vertebrae of the lumbar spine or SI joint. Strain from over exertion, poor posture, lifting activities, physical stress, or injury can contribute to low back muscle spasms, pinched nerves or tightening of the lower back muscles. Symptoms of lumbar spine problems include:
- Sciatica (pain that spreads to the buttocks, legs, and feet)
- Back stiffness
- Back movement limitations
- Numbness or tingling
Our expert surgeons are experienced in the following state-of-the-art lumbar spine surgeries to help alleviate low back pain and correct low back problems:
- Artificial disc replacement
- Microsurgical decompression for herniated disc
- Minimally invasive posterior and transforaminal fusions
- Minimally invasive trans-sacral stabilization
- Minimally invasive far-lateral stabilization
- Minimally invasive sacroiliac (SI joint) stabilization
- Posterior dynamic stabilization
- Anterior lumbar fusion
Complex / revision surgery
- Surgery for lumbar trauma
If low back pain bothers you, call the Spine Academy of OACM at (410) 644-1880 or request an appointment online.