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Back Pain
 Specialist

Summit Pain Alliance

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Rosa, CA & Petaluma, CA

If you have back pain, you aren’t alone — around 80% of American adults experience back pain at some point during their lives. Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, California, offers expert interventional pain management treatments for back pain. They aim to avoid prescribing medication and provide treatments that address the root cause of your pain for lasting relief. If you live with back pain, call Summit Pain Alliance, or make an appointment online today.

Back Pain
 Q & A

What causes back pain?

With so many variations of backaches in terms of location, severity, and type of pain, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is a multitude of potential causes of back pain. You can have muscular, skeletal, or neurological pain, caused by:

  • Muscle or ligament strains
  • Trigger points/muscle spasm
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Nerve compression

Your risk of back pain increases as you age. Additionally, if you’re overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have a physically demanding career, you’re more likely to develop back pain. Back pain is also linked with mental health conditions like depression and addiction. 

When should I talk to a doctor about back pain?

When you overdo it at the gym or maybe spend a long day on your feet, you might wake up the next day with a sore or tender back. In most cases, this pain is temporary and subsides within a day or two on its own. If you have back pain that lasts longer or gets worse instead of better, it’s time to make an appointment with the team at Summit Pain Alliance. The earlier you start pain management treatment, the less time you’ll spend in pain.

How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?

Understanding the condition causing your pain is critical to developing an effective, personalized treatment plan. The team at Summit Pain Alliance provides comprehensive consultations to assess your pain and its cause. In addition to your physical exam, they might order tests such as X-rays, MRIs, bone density scans, and nerve conduction studies to gather information about your back pain. 

How is back pain treated?

The team at Summit Pain Alliance provides customized pain management programs to alleviate back pain. Depending on your condition, your plan might include a variety of multidisciplinary approaches to back pain, such as:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections 
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Lumbar sympathetic ganglion blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Trigger point injections

Your provider might also recommend lifestyle modifications, such as adding moderate exercise to your daily routine or adjusting your diet for weight loss. 

If you’re living with back pain, call Summit Pain Alliance, or make an appointment online today. 

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