Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain Treatment in Newport Beach

Back pain typically becomes chronic when it has been present for more than six months. Pain can develop anywhere from the neck to the lower spine and radiate from a central source.

Most back pain is caused by muscle strain, injury or spinal deformity, it can also be caused by systemic or rheumatic disease.

Causes of chronic back pain can be difficult to identify because it can originate anywhere in bone, discs, soft tissues or nerves. Heavy smokers, people who work at places that require repetitive or heavy lifting or involve vibration from vehicles or industrial machinery are more likely to develop back pain. Certain sports, like cross-country skiing, or prolonged driving can also cause back pain.

In addition, diseases such as spinal osteoarthritis, spondylitis and compression fractures can also cause pain, some of which are more prevalent in the elderly. Seniors are at higher risk for chronic back pain.

To diagnose chronic back pain, your Newport Beach orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Todd Peters will perform a complete and thorough physical examination as well as a medical history check. He may also request X-Rays, MRIs, and CT scans to better assess your case.

X-Rays – A type of quick imaging process using electromagnectic waves to better show Dr. Peters bones of the body to pinpoint possible sources of pain.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This type of imaging uses radiology to show Dr. Peters the soft tissues of the body like muscles, disks, nerves, and the spinal cord.

Computerized tomography (CT) – CT scans are X-ray scans taken from various angles to create a cross-section of bones and soft tissues of the body.

Pain medication, such as aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs often are the only treatment needed for back pain. Patients should avoid any activity that increase pain. If the pain doesn’t subside, additional consultations with Dr. Peters may be needed so that treatment can be directed at the specific source of pain.

Sometimes, such as after back surgery, a mechanical back supports may be recommended for a limited time. Injections with local anesthetics and steroids can also help alleviate the pain. When other types of treatment don’t work, surgery can be helpful, such well as physical and occupational therapy.

Dr. Todd Peters specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery to treat chronic back pain. For appointments, please call (949) 383-4182 or Contact Us.