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Back Pain Specialist

Glaser Pain Relief Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in San Fernando Valley, Encino, CA

Eight out of 10 Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their life. At Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino, California, leading interventional pain management specialists Jeffrey Glaser, MD, and John Zheng, DO, specialize in diagnosing and treating back pain for patients across the San Fernando Valley and the Greater Los Angeles Area. With a proper diagnosis, they can address symptoms that are disrupting your everyday life and help you prevent future instances of back pain. Call or use the online booking tool today to schedule an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

What are common causes of back pain?

Back pain, notably lower back pain, is often the result of pulled or torn muscles and ligaments.  It can happen overnight or develop over an extended period due to natural wear and tear.

However, back pain can also be due to herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, scoliosis, and other anatomical abnormalities, but rarely tumors. While back pain is usually acute, if left untreated, it can become chronic. Even acute back pain can be severe and disrupt your daily routine.

Some common causes of back pain include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • A fall
  • Maintaining poor posture over an extended period
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma (i.e. car accidents)
  • Structural issues (herniated discs, arthritis, compression fractures)

Even though back pain is a prevalent issue, there are simple steps you can take to prevent it.

How can I prevent back pain?

Here are some tips on how to limit your risk of developing back pain:

  • Perform back-strengthening and stretching exercises a couple of times a week
  • Use proper form to lift heavy objects (bent knees and a straight back)
  • Remain active
  • Keep a healthy, balanced diet

At Glaser Pain Relief Center, the pain management specialists offer counseling on things like stretching and exercise techniques to keep your back strong and able to withstand forces that can cause injuries and pain.

The team can also help you monitor your diet and activity levels. If you are overweight, sometimes extra weight can put more stress on your back.

When should I see a doctor about back pain?

Most of the time, surgery isn’t needed to relieve back pain. Acute back pain lasts no more than six weeks and usually subsides on its own. Sometimes a little help from physical therapy, medication, and possibly even injections can help speed up the healing process. 

However, there’s no need to suffer through your pain: Glaser Pain Relief Center can help diagnose chronic conditions and treat you early. The pain management experts offer a multi-faceted approach to the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, including minimally invasive procedures. If your pain lasts for more than three days, it’s time to seek their help.

How do you treat back pain?

Glaser Pain Relief Center offers state-of-the-art treatment options. After a thorough evaluation and physical exam, your pain management specialist can make a diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan.

Your treatment may include a combination of medication management, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, non-surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures, or surgery when necessary.

If your back pain proves too disruptive and limits your ability to go to work or even walk around, call or click for an appointment with the highly qualified team at Glaser Pain Relief Center.