Back Pain Specialist

Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Oceanside, CA

Back pain affects 2 in 3 adults in their lifetime, turning into a chronic and debilitating problem for 5%-10% of them. Whether you’re dealing with acute or chronic back pain, Bryan Hawkins, DO, and the team at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center can create a customized treatment, helping you find the pain relief you deserve. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Oceanside, California, or use the online booking tool.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Your spine supports the weight of your entire body. At the same time, vertebrae are designed to allow movement. Sprains and strains are inevitable as your spine twists, bends, and is stressed by the weight. As a result, these soft tissue injuries are some of the top causes of back pain in active adults.

Over time, chronic back pain develops as daily wear-and-tear leads to tissue degeneration. That’s when degenerative conditions become a frequent source of ongoing back pain, including: 

  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Spinal stenosis

Your risk of back pain increases if you’re sedentary, spend too much time sitting, or you’re overweight.

How does radiculopathy cause back pain?

All the degenerative conditions listed above cause back pain by compressing nerves, a condition called radiculopathy. Sciatica is one of the best examples of this type of nerve problem. The symptoms of sciatica, severe pain and tingling that radiate down your leg, occur when the sciatic nerve is pinched.

How is back pain treated?

One of the most important parts of back pain treatment is staying active with a structured exercise and stretching program. If your pain is too severe to participate, however, your doctor at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center begins your treatment with therapies that effectively relieve back pain, including:

Corticosteroid injections

Injecting steroids plus a local anesthetic quickly alleviates pain and provides longer-lasting relief as the steroids reduce inflammation.

Horizontal Therapy®

Using a state-of-the-art device produced by Hako-Med, the doctors at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center provide a type of electrotherapy called Horizontal Therapy. This treatment relieves pain and stimulates your natural electrical and chemical healing processes.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP contains platelets, which are rich sources of growth factors. When ultrasound imaging is used to inject PRP at the source of your back pain, the platelets release their growth factors, which in turn activate healing, trigger stem cell activity, and regulate inflammation.

Stem cell injections

Stem cells effectively reduce inflammation and produce the new cells needed to repair and heal your injured tissues. Your own adult stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells, can be removed from your body fat or bone marrow. When these cells are injected, they regenerate new cartilage, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels. 

To get relief from your back pain, call Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center today or schedule an appointment online.

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