Mercy's Dr. William Raoofi Discusses Causes of and Treatments for Lower Back Pain

September 28, 2020


There are many reasons for lower back pain. Doctors say to listen to your body.

Experts estimate 80% of Americans will experience some sort of back pain in their lifetime. Research finds lower back pain is the fifth most common reason for all primary care visits.

According to Dr. William Raoofi, a pain management specialist with The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, the most common causes have to do with biomechanics. Most people who experience lower back pain will get better in about six weeks on their own.

“So, they should do things like relative rest, use heat or ice, use of over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen or Tylenol. However, relative rest is important -- not to be confused with inactivity. Patients should continue to be active, but avoid activities that worsen their pain,” Dr. Raoofi said.

If you're not better in six to twelve weeks, seek medical attention. But don't wait if you experience weakness, numbness or tingling going down your leg.

To view pain management expert Dr. William Raoofi’s interview regarding lower back pain, click here.


About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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