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Back Pain Specialist

Daniel Loder, MD

Pain Management & Orthobiologic Treatment located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA, & Torrance, CA

Chronic back pain is a common problem that strikes at a younger age more often than you may imagine, affecting 41% of adults between the ages of 18-44 years. The highly qualified pain management team of Daniel Loder, MD, in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach, California, has years of experience helping patients find relief from back pain that doesn’t improve with conventional treatments. Don’t keep struggling with back pain. Call one of the Los Angeles area offices or book an appointment online to learn about treatment options that restore your quality of life.

Back Pain

What causes back pain?

Pulled muscles and ligament sprains rank among the top causes of back pain. Traumatic injuries sustained during athletic activities, car accidents, and falls may also damage the soft tissues, cause disc herniation, or lead to a fracture.

As you get older, degenerative conditions develop that cause chronic back pain, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis

 

If you develop osteoporosis, you’re also at risk for a vertebral compression fracture.

What symptoms develop, in addition to back pain?

The underlying problems that cause back pain usually result in stiffness and limited movement. With pinched spinal nerves, which often occurs due to a degenerative condition, you can experience pain, tingling, and numbness along the length of the nerve. 

Sciatica is one of the most common examples of pinched spinal nerves; it features excruciating pain that radiates down one leg.

How do pain medicine specialists treat back pain?

Treatment for back pain begins with conservative options such as modifying your activities and physical therapy. If you still have back pain after conservative treatment or your pain worsens, the team of Daniel Loder, MD, can help with advanced treatments such as:

  • Facet joint injections
  • Epidural injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Orthobiologic treatments

Facet joint and epidural injections contain a local anesthetic for fast pain relief together with steroids to reduce nerve inflammation. Epidural injections target inflamed nerves in the spine, while a facet joint injection relieves pain caused by arthritis.

When your provider administers an injection, they use fluoroscopy to ensure precise placement of the medication.

Radiofrequency ablation produces longer-lasting pain relief by creating a wound on a specific nerve. The wound blocks pain messages, providing significant pain relief for about nine months or until the nerve regenerates.

If you receive spinal cord stimulation, your provider implants a device in the epidural space of your spine that sends a mild electrical current to specific nerves. The stimulation stops or masks nerve signals, so your brain doesn’t get the pain message.

How do orthobioligic treatments help back pain?

Regenerative procedures such as orthobiologic treatments work differently from other back pain treatments. Your provider at the office of Daniel Loder, MD, Orthobiologic treatments directly into the damaged tissues, such as the herniated portion of a disc.

The growth factors in Orthobiologic treatments trigger the healing response and regulate inflammation, while orthobiologic treatments regenerate new tissues to repair the damage.

If you need relief from ongoing back pain, call Daniel Loder, MD, or schedule an appointment online.