Menu Spine Care Lower Back Understanding Your Lumbar and Sacral Spine Compression Fracture Degenerative Disc Disease Herniated Disc in Low Back Low Back Injuries and Sudden Weakness Low Back Pain and Balance Lumbar Back Surgery Lumbar Stenosis Muscular Problems in Low Back Sacroiliac Joint Pain Spine Osteoarthritis Spondylolisthesis Low Back Pain? We can help. If you are struggling with low back pain, St. Elizabeth Healthcare offers personalized, comprehensive spine care. From diagnosis to non-surgical treatment, spine surgery or physical therapy services, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our experts are here to help you regain functionality and get you back to your best self. Low Back Pain: Causes and Treatment Low back pain can be acute, meaning it occurs suddenly from lifting a heavy box or the pain can be progressive over time as muscles and bones age. Either way, lower back pain can make our daily lives more painful and more difficult. Understanding your lower back The lower back is comprised of two different spinal regions: The lumbar spine and the sacral region. The lumbar spine is the area commonly referred to as the lower back. It includes five vertebra that begin below the rib cage and stop at the base of your back. These vertebra help carry us through the day and support our upper bodies. The sacral region of the spine (also called the sacrum) is at the bottom of the spine, between the lower back and tailbone. This triangular bone includes five vertebra that are fused together. Learn more about your low back. Meet our Non-Surgical Spine Doctors › Meet our Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons › Meet our Neurosurgeons › Common causes of lower back pain Back pain, including in the lower back, is one of the most common reasons Americans see a health care provider. There can be many causes of lower back pain. The most common lumbar and sacral spine conditions include: Compression fractures Degenerative disc disease Lumbar disc herniation Lumbar spinal stenosis Muscular problems Sacroiliac joint pain Spine osteoarthritis Spondylolisthesis Common symptoms of lumbar and sacral spine conditions Back pain isn’t the only symptom of a back injury or condition. Learn about common symptoms of lower back problems: Burning and numbness Leg pain Poor balance Sudden weakness Lower back pain treatment Back pain usually gets better on its own, but when it doesn’t there are effective treatments that can help reduce your pain. The Spine Center at St. Elizabeth works closely with you, and affiliated spine surgeons, to effectively diagnose and treat your symptoms and condition. Treatment options may include: Physical therapy Back exercises Surgical procedures Get your questions answered about lower back pain. Expert care, close to home The team at St. Elizabeth includes surgeons and specialists with unmatched experience in diagnosing and treating injuries, conditions and diseases that cause lumbar and sacral spine pain. Physicians and accredited providers offer their insight on how to best treat your back pain. Meet our non-surgical doctors. Call the Spine Center at St. Elizabeth at (859) 212-7000 and get started on the road to recovery. A physician referral may be necessary to make an appointment. If you need surgery, our experienced affiliated surgeons will map out a plan that’s tailored to your health history, condition and symptoms. Meet our surgeons.