Goodlife Physical Medicine
Orthopedics, Pain Management, Chiropractors, Physical Therapy and Massage located in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, CA
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Back pain often develops as you engage in daily activities. You may lift something too heavy, fall and twist your back, perform repetitive movements that stress your back muscles, or suffer a sports injury.
As you get older, however, ongoing back pain may occur due to problems such as:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet joint arthritis
- Slipped vertebra
- Degenerative disc disease
These conditions often pinch one or more spinal nerves, a condition called radiculopathy. The most common example of radiculopathy, sciatica, occurs when a problem like a herniated disc pinches the sciatic nerve at the base of your spine.
What symptoms occur along with back pain?
Along with back pain, most patients experience stiffness and limited mobility. If you have a pinched nerve, you may develop pain that radiates down your arms or legs, as well as tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in your arms, hands, legs, and feet.
How do physical medicine specialists diagnose back pain?
During your initial appointment at Goodlife Physical Medicine, your provider reviews your medical history and symptoms and then performs a thorough physical examination.
Depending on the results of your exam, you may need additional diagnostic testing. Digital X-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, MRIs, electromyograms (EMGs), and nerve conduction studies are all conveniently performed on-site. Your provider gets immediate results and can quickly diagnose the underlying problem.
How do physical medicine specialists treat back pain?
The team at Goodlife Physical Medicine offers comprehensive care. Treatment for back pain begins with conservative therapies such as activity modification, physical therapy, and any needed medication to alleviate inflammation and relax muscles.
If your pain persists despite conservative treatment, your provider may recommend more advanced pain management treatments.
When needed, Goodlife Physical Medicine has a state-of-the-art surgical facility where their specialists perform minimally invasive procedures to repair your underlying spine condition.
Your provider draws from many types of conventional and alternative therapies to create your customized treatment plan, including:
- Chiropractic treatment
- Physical therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- Trigger point injections
- Massage therapy
- Posture evaluation and correction
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Dekompressor® discectomy
- Interventional pain management
Interventional pain management includes a long list of treatments that relieve your pain by targeting the nerves sending pain signals to your brain. A few examples include epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation, nerve blocks, and radiofrequency ablation.
You can overcome back pain with advanced care from Goodlife Physical Medicine. Call or book an appointment online today.
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