Back Pain Specialist

Robert Lowe III, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Specialists located in Nashville, TN & Cookeville, TN

Your back is a complex body part that supports the weight and mobility of your upper body. Given the structure and function, back pain is a common problem. Robert Lowe III, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spinal problems and back pain. Dr. Lowe takes a patient-centered approach to care and develops an individualized plan that provides you with the best pain relief. To schedule a back pain consultation, call one of the offices in Nashville, Springhill, or Cookeville, Tennessee, or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain includes any discomfort that affects your back. Though you may feel discomfort in any part of the back, most people feel back pain in their lower back, also called the lumbar spine. 

The symptoms and severity of back pain can vary, and your pain may be acute or chronic.

Acute back pain

Acute back pain typically occurs after an injury, such as a bad fall or heavy lifting. This type of pain usually resolves within a few days or few months. 

Chronic back pain

Chronic back pain is pain that lasts three or more months. This type of pain may occur even after the underlying pain condition heals or resolves. However, with the right treatment from Dr. Lowe, you can get relief from chronic back pain. 

What causes back pain?

Back pain usually develops from a mechanical problem that affects the normal structure or function of your back or spine. 

Common causes of back pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal compression fractures
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis

Dr. Lowe is an experienced orthopedic spine specialist, so he understands how back pain affects every aspect of your life. He works closely with you to find the underlying cause of your pain so you get the best treatment. 

What happens during a back pain evaluation?

When you visit Dr. Lowe for a back pain evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive, patient-centered exam. Dr. Lowe listens to your story, including when your back pain started, the probable cause (if known), and your symptoms.

He performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and mobility of your spine to determine the underlying cause of your back pain. To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, Dr. Lowe orders imaging tests such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.

How is back pain treated?

Treatment for your back pain depends on the root cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Dr. Lowe customizes your treatment plan to best meet your needs. 

Even though he’s a skilled surgeon, Dr. Lowe may first recommend nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or injections. If you continue to have back pain after conservative care, he may talk to you about spine surgery.

Dr. Lowe is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who uses the most advanced surgical tools and techniques to manage spine pain, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. The type of surgery you need depends on your specific situation.

To get relief from your back pain from a spine specialist, call the office of Robert Lowe III, MD, or schedule a consultation online today.


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