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Back Pain

Back pain is a common health disorder and can affect individuals at any stage of life. Back pain typically has a sudden onset and may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks in the case of acute, or severe, pain. If back pain is chronic, it may last for several months or longer with varying intensity. Medical intervention is typically needed in cases where back pain is acute, does not diminish within three days, spreads to other areas, is secondary to an injury or is associated with another condition.

Back pain may be caused by several factors, including:

  • Poor posture

  • Injury

  • Trauma

  • A disease of the spine

  • Diseases of abdominal or thoracic organs

  • Sprains and strain

  • Herniated disks

  • Infection of the vertebrae

  • Spondylosis

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Spondylitis

  • Tumors

Some common symptoms of back pain may include muscular rigidity, difficulty in movement, tenderness, numbness and a tingling or burning sensation.

Our physician will review your medical history and perform a physical and neurological examination as well as any needed scans to determine the cause of your back pain. Once you are diagnosed, we will be able to determine the right type of treatment to meet your needs.

Non-surgical treatments are typically the preferred approach to treating back pain. These treatment options include activity modification, pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, physical therapy and spinal injections. Braces, non-surgical decompression, chiropractic treatment or acupuncture may also be recommended in some cases.

Surgical treatment for back pain is only considered if your pain does not improve with non-surgical methods or if dysfunction or instability is diagnosed during your examination.

Please call Evergreen Spine and Pain Centers at 949-414-PAIN (7246) for more information about treatments for back pain and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Isaac Tong.  

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