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Low Back Pain

You’re not alone if you experience some degree of low back pain, a common complaint that affects approximately 80 percent of all adults at some point. Pain can begin suddenly or worsen over time. Affecting men and women equally, low back pain has many potential causes and related symptoms. For this reason, treatment that’s highly personalized tends to be more effective, with results often ranging from complete relief of symptoms to sufficient management of pain to the point where quality of life is maintained.

Causes

Rarely related to a serious underlying condition, low back pain is frequently mechanical in nature. Mechanical low back pain is often caused by pressure placed on adjacent nerves when disc material protrudes or inflammation affects joints and muscles. Most low back pain is related to some type of age-related degeneration from normal wear and tear, referred to as spondylosis. Most acute low back pain results from muscle strain or tears that can result from overstretching or overusing muscles supporting the spine, poor posture, sports injuries, or improper lifting techniques. Potential sources of low back pain may also include:

  • Disc herniation: Inner disc material is pressed outward.
  • Radiculopathy: Pain from pressure on spinal nerve roots.
  • Sciatica: Low back pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Spondylolisthesis: A vertebra slips out of place and pinches an adjacent nerve.
  • Spinal stenosis: An abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Scoliosis: Abnormal curvature of the spine.

Symptoms

Symptoms associated with low back pain can be all over the map in terms of what you experience. Even if you have a curved spine or a narrow spinal canal in some areas, you may not experience any pain. It’s usually when discomfort becomes persistent and problematic that it’s time to seek treatment. Symptoms often associated with low back pain include:

  • Dull or mild aches
  • Sharp or acute pain
  • Discomfort that gets progressively worse
  • Pain aggravated by certain movements
  • Numbness and tingling

Treatments

Sometimes involving a functional capacity evaluation to assess your ability to function while performing various activities, diagnosis of low back pain is the first step in fine-tuning your treatment plan. Even if pain is considered chronic, having lasted 3-4 months or more, treatment attempts will likely be non-surgical. Some type of physical therapy is often recommended to strengthen muscles, although nutritional recommendations may also be given to encourage the incorporation of foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties into your diet. Treatment may also include:

  • Pain medications
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Regenerative injection therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Whether there’s a clearly identified cause or not, many instances of low back pain can be sufficiently managed with a combination of treatments. Another important part of managing low back pain is taking steps to prevent it by modifying activities that trigger it and getting regular exercise to strengthen the bones, joints, and muscles supporting your spine.

Contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to schedule an appointment regarding your lower back pain.

Our Patient Reviews

Allied Pain & Spine Institute

5.0

Based on 8 reviews

Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accomodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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