Treatments & Surgery
California Neurosurgical Institute
Encino CA & Valencia CA
Back pain is common and one of the leading causes of work absences and visits to the doctor.
For most people, back pain resolves fairly quickly. However, for some, back pain develops into a chronic problem.
At California Neurosurgical Institute, with offices in Encino, and Valencia, California, the experienced board-certified neurosurgical team utilizes cutting-edge technology and skills to treat conditions that cause back pain and can provide you with your best possible treatment options so you can get relief from your pain.
Call your nearest office or request an appointment online today.
Back Pain Q & A
What is Back Pain?
Back pain is a common pain complaint and refers to any type of discomfort you experience in your back. Your symptoms may include:
- Shooting pain
- Radiating pain that travels to your arms or legs
- Worsening pain with activity
For most people, back pain resolves within a few weeks of at-home care. However, some people continue to experience discomfort well after the initial injury that caused the pain.
Back pain that lasts 12 or more weeks is considered chronic and may indicate an issue related to your spine that requires further evaluation and care.
The experienced team at California Neurosurgical Institute recommends you come in for an evaluation if you’ve been experiencing back pain for six or more months or received a spine disorder diagnosis.
What are the common causes of back pain?
Most causes of back pain are due to a mechanical issue related to the structures in your back, such as your spine, discs, nerves, or muscles. Common conditions that lead to back pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
Although not very common, back pain can also develop from medical conditions such as infections, tumors, or kidney stones.
What can I expect during an evaluation for back pain?
The neurosurgical team at California Neurosurgical Institute conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in seeking help for back pain. The goal of the evaluation is to determine the best possible treatment options to help you get relief.
During the evaluation, your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history, as well as the various therapies you’ve tried to help reduce your back pain.
Your doctor then performs a physical exam and may request diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of your back pain, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
How is back pain treated?
Treatment for your back pain depends on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Before recommending surgery, your doctor at California Neurosurgical Institute may suggest more conservative treatments if not already tried.
If your back pain persists after conservative treatments, then your doctor may suggest surgical intervention. The team at California Neurosurgical Institute specializes in minimally invasive spine surgeries, including:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Artificial disc replacement
- Spinal decompression (laminotomy or
- Posterior fusion
Your doctor provides a clear description of your treatment options so you can make the most informed decision about how best to proceed.