Lower Back Pain Specialist

Kenneth Nwosu, MD

Spine Surgeon located in Burien, WA & Puyallup, WA

Living an active lifestyle is imperative for your health, but chronic lower back pain can make everyday activities unbearable. At his orthopedic practices in Puyallup and Burien, Washington, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, an experienced orthopedic surgeon, understands the limitations lower back pain can cause. He offers minimally invasive surgical techniques to alleviate chronic back pain when conservative treatments aren’t working. Dr. Nwosu uses custom surgical treatment plans with the goal to provide you with long-term pain relief. Find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery for lower back pain by calling the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you or use the online booking feature to request a consultation.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

In many cases, lower back pain develops due to your everyday activities, such as heavy lifting or sitting for long periods of time. Other common causes of chronic lower back pain include:

  • Poor posture
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle sprains
  • Lack of exercise
  • Nerve compression

For some, chronic lower back pain results due to an underlying disease, like osteoarthritis, that causes deterioration in your spinal vertebrae. You may also develop chronic lower back pain due to age-related changes in the spine, such as spinal stenosis. This condition causes your spine to narrow over time, putting increased pressure on surrounding nerves.

What are the symptoms of lower back pain?

In addition to pain that worsens over time or with certain movements, your pain may also radiate down into your buttocks and legs, often due to too much pressure on your spinal nerves.

Other symptoms often accompany pain in the lower back, such as:

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Leg weakness

These symptoms can make it difficult for you to walk, sit, or stand, reducing the range of motion in your low back and legs.

How is lower back pain diagnosed?

To determine the cause of your lower back pain, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, discusses your job and usual activities, as well as your personal and family medical history.

During a physical exam, Dr. Nwosu tests your range of motion in your spine and identifies areas of pain, swelling, or redness. He may also order imaging tests, like X-rays or a CT scan to get a better look at the structures within your lower back to identify issues like nerve compression or arthritis.

How can surgery treat lower back pain?

If physical therapy and medications aren’t enough to relieve chronic lower back pain, Dr. Nwosu can determine if surgery may be right for you.

For conditions like spinal stenosis or a herniated disc, Dr. Nwosu offers minimally invasive surgery. Using only small incisions, he can access the area of your lumbar (lower) spine that is pressing on nerves. Dr. Nwosu uses tiny surgical instruments to remove bone or soft tissue to create more space in the spinal canal and alleviate nerve compression.

Surgery may also be beneficial for treating arthritis, allowing Dr. Nwosu to repair damaged joints for long-lasting pain relief. There are also other surgical options for treating chronic lower back pain, which Dr. Nwosu discusses with you based on your specific condition and the severity of your symptoms.

If conservative therapies aren’t enough to relieve chronic lower back pain, schedule a surgery consultation at Kenneth Nwosu, MD, today, online or by calling the office nearest you.