Back Pain

Alleviate Your Back Pain

Does your back hurt every time you try to turn around? Is the pulling sensation in your lower back making it difficult to sit down or walk? These are signs of a back sprain or injury. With treatment, you can experience pain relief and get back mobility in your spine.

At Source Healthcare, we have worked with multiple patients, helping them alleviate back pain. We can help you too. Visit our Santa Monica back pain facility to seek treatment.

Why Does Back Pain Occur?

Back pain – aka lumbar spine injuries – come in a variety of types and forms of pain. They can range from mild to severe and may be caused by an accident or long-term wear and tear. Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. At Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, the team of caring physicians works with you to help resolve your back pain. To request your appointment today, call our office or click the online scheduling tool.

Back Pain Q&A

Sometimes you can strain your back muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or by overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of back pain. Lumbar strain, a soft tissue injury to the back, is also called neck sprain or strain.

See below for some of the most common questions for back pain and our answers to them.

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What Are the Common Causes of Back Pain?

  • Degenerative Disc
  • Herniated Slipped Disc
  • Facet Arthritis
  • Facet Cyst (Synovial Cyst)
  • Spondylosis (Bone Spurs)
  • Spondylolysis (Pars Defect, Pars Fracture)
  • Spondylolisthesis (Slipped Vertebrae)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical Syndrome
  • Nerve Compression
  • Compression Fracture
  • Sprain & Strain
  • Myalgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sacroiliitis

Spondylosis

This condition is a degeneration of the spine that can affect the spine at any level, resulting in pain and discomfort that can grow worse over time.

Facet Syndrome

This condition is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist.

Facet Blocks

This is an injection of numbing medicine. It bathes the medial branch nerves, which attach to the facet joints of your spine. These nerves hurt when facet joints are injured or diseased. The injection helps find the source of your pain. And it may relieve your pain for a brief time.

The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.

Facet Rhizotomy

This procedure uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your lower back. It eases pain that isn’t helped by medications or physical therapy.

How Do You Diagnose My Condition?

We concentrate on finding the source of your pain first. Many factors may contribute, and the solution may be one or more of these factors.

We view your spinal pain in terms of a mathematical equation.

D (spinal disc) + N (Nerve) + B (Bone) + F (Facet Joint) + M (Muscle) = Pain

A diagnosis is synthesized after symptoms, physical exam findings, and radiologic imaging have been reviewed. Then, we can place a value on each of the variables and decide which to target for treatment.

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What Type of Treatments Will the Doctors Prescribe for Me?

At Source Healthcare, we prescribe medication, NSAIDs, and hyaluronic acid injections to reduce pain and inflammation and to lubricate the spine. We first study your medical history, learn of any allergies you have, and then prescribe the treatment. If necessary, we recommend surgery. Although the downtime is higher with surgery, the long-term health benefits make it a good option.

Here is a list of treatments we specialize in:

  • Stem Cell Procedures
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Epidural Injections
  • Nerve Root Blocks
  • Facet Blocks
  • Facet Rhizotomy (Radiofrequency Ablation)
  • Facet Cyst (Synovial Cyst) Rupture
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency
  • Superion Interspinous Spacer (Stenosis)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator (Chronic Pain)
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator (Chronic Pain)
  • Kyphoplasty (Compression Fracture)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion (Sacroiliitis
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ozone Therapy

How Should I Care for My Back After Treatment?

Depending on how severe the condition was, your back can take a few weeks to heal. To facilitate faster healing, we recommend that you adopt a few lifestyle changes as well.

You must change your bed if it’s old or is too stiff or too spongy. Generally, beds made from latex and memory foam, support the back very well and reduce discomfort during sleep.

Postural changes can also help if you have back pain. When your spine gets into its natural position, you won’t be adding extra strain on the vertebrae. If you’re an athlete or love to exercise, you must adopt the right form when you run or play. This way, your sacroiliac joints don’t get stressed and sprained.

Our Santa Monica Back Pain Management Team Provides Exceptional Care

Our doctors are reputed for their premium-quality care and exceptional surgical skills. You can trust us to take care of your health and well-being. If you’d like more information or wish to consult us, feel free to contact our clinic today. 

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