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Understanding Back Pain and Finding Relief

Experiencing back pain can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of your life. At Spine & Pain Institute Los Angeles, we are dedicated to diagnosing the root causes of your pain and providing cutting-edge treatments to help you live a more comfortable life. We have a proven track record of helping countless individuals throughout Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area effectively manage and overcome back pain.
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Why Does Back Pain Occur?

Back pain is a multifaceted issue arising from various physical and lifestyle factors. The spine is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, which all work together to support the body and enable movement. Disruptions in any part of this system can lead to pain. Key contributors include:
  • Structural Stress: The spine naturally degenerates with age, leading to conditions like disc degeneration and osteoarthritis that cause stress to different aspects of the spine.
  • Mechanical Problems: Issues such as herniated discs, compression of nerve roots (radiculopathy), and misalignment of the spine (such as in scoliosis) disrupt the integrity and weightbearing function of the spine — ultimately causing pain.
  • Activity and Overuse: Repetitive motions, poor posture during daily activities, and inadequate body mechanics during physical exertion can all lead to muscle strains and ligament sprains.
  • Inflammatory Conditions: Certain chronic conditions like arthritis can lead to inflammation and accelerated wear-and-tear of the joints of the spine, which can cause chronic back pain.
  • Trauma: Accidents and injuries can cause acute damage to the spinal structure, leading to immediate and severe back pain.

Back Pain Types

Acute back pain comes on suddenly and typically lasts a few days to a few weeks.

Subacute back pain can develop suddenly or gradually and persists for 4 to 12 weeks.

Chronic back pain may appear quickly or slowly and lasts for more than 12 weeks. Symptoms may occur several times per week.

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Exploring the Causes of Back Pain

  • Muscle Strain/Sprain: The most common cause of back pain. It happens when the muscles or ligaments in the back are over-stressed and/or injured, often due to lifting heavy objects, sudden movements, or poor posture.
  • Herniated Disc: Occurs when a disc in the spine bulges or ruptures. This can put pressure on the spinal nerves, causing pain in the back and legs.
  • Spinal Stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal canal which can compress the spinal cord and nerves, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the back and legs.
  • Arthritis: There are various types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis) is the most common in the spine. 
  • Spondylolisthesis: One vertebra slips forward over another, causing back pain, especially when standing or walking. 
  • Osteoporosis: This condition weakens the bones, making them more susceptible to fractures. Compression fractures in the spine can cause sudden, severe back pain.
  • Scoliosis: A misalignment or exagerated curvature of the spine. It can cause back pain, especially in adults, and may also lead to uneven shoulder or hip alignment.
  • Fibromyalgia: A chronic condition causing widespread pain, including certain areas of the back. It is often accompanied by fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and cognitive impairments.
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Advanced Therapies for Back Pain Relief

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Nerve Stimulators are implanted devices that use electrical impulses to disrupt pain signals, offering a long-term solution for chronic back pain when other treatments haven't worked.

Sacroiliac Join Fusion

Implantation of a small allograft bone implan directly into the sacroiliac joint to stabilize and provide lasting relief for sacroiliac dysfunction.

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to address back pain from vertebral compression fractures using bone cement to restore vertebral height and strength. 

Radiofrequency Ablation

This minimally invasive procedure uses heat to destroy nerves that transmit pain signals. It can provide long-lasting pain relief for certain types of back pain.

Interspinous Spacer Implants

A small device implanted between the spinous processes that relieves pressure on roots, addressing pain in the back and legs.
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How to Avoid Back Pain

To prevent back pain, prioritize good posture throughout the day and engage in regular exercise to strengthen core muscles, which support the spine. When lifting heavy objects, bend at the knees and lift with your legs, avoiding twisting motions. Take frequent breaks during prolonged sitting to stretch and walk. Invest in ergonomic furniture and accessories to support your spine's natural alignment. By maintaining these habits and prioritizing spinal health, you can reduce the risk of back pain and enjoy improved mobility and comfort in your daily life.

Treatment Options for Back Pain at Spine & Pain Institute LA

At Spine & Pain Institute, we offer comprehensive pain management for back pain. After a thorough review of your medical history, we make a personalized treatment plan for you. 

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What Symptoms To Watch For?

It's important to recognize when back pain may require professional attention. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consider consulting a specialist:

  • Persistent Ache or Stiffness: Continuous discomfort anywhere along the spine, often worsened after sitting or standing for long periods.
  • Sharp, Localized Pain: Intense pain in a specific area, especially after physical activity involving lifting, bending, or twisting.
  • Radiating Pain: Pain extending from the lower back to the buttocks and legs, or from the neck to the arms, indicating possible nerve compression.
  • Numbness or Tingling: Loss of sensation or a "pins and needles" feeling, suggesting nerve involvement.
  • Weakness: Reduced strength in the arms or legs, affecting your ability to perform everyday activities.
  • Increased Pain at Night: Pain that intensifies during the night can suggest more serious conditions.
  • Systemic Symptoms: Accompanying fever, weight loss, or other unusual symptoms could signal a severe underlying issue.
  • Loss of Bowel or Bladder Control: A critical condition that requires immediate medical evaluation.

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