Low Back Pain Specialist

Premier Pain Management

Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician located in Northwest Bakersfield / Rosedale, Bakersfield, CA

Low back pain is extremely common. Around 80% of American adults experience low back pain at some point during their lives. At Premier Pain Management in Bakersfield, California, board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Philip Khoury, DO, can diagnose the cause of low back pain. He offers patient-focused, customized treatments to alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. Don’t let back pain interfere with your life. Call Premier Pain Management or schedule a consultation online today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of low back pain?

Your low back is the foundation of your body, providing stability to both your trunk and your hips and legs. However, your lower back is vulnerable to several types of injury and degenerative conditions that can lead to severe and debilitating pain. 

Some of the most common causes of low back pain include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle and ligament strains
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis

Your risk of low back pain increases if you’re overweight or if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, if you have a physically demanding job that involves moving heavy objects, your chances of developing low back pain are higher. 

If you have low back pain that doesn’t subside after a few days of rest or interferes with your mobility and quality of life, make an appointment at Premier Pain Management for diagnosis and treatment. 

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a group of symptoms caused by sciatic nerve compression. Usually caused by a herniated disc in your lumbar spine, sciatica includes low back pain and pain, numbness, and tingling sensations that travel down one or both of your legs. You might also develop muscle weakness or balance problems. Your symptoms depend on the location of your sciatic nerve compression. 

How is the cause of low back pain diagnosed?

At Premier Pain Management, Dr. Khoury provides comprehensive exams to identify the cause of your low back pain. After reviewing your medical history and symptoms, Dr. Khoury completes a physical exam. He feels your spine for signs of abnormality or inflammation. He may ask you to move through a series of gentle stretches. Some movements compress different nerves in your spine and lower back, which can help him diagnose your condition. 

When necessary, Dr. Khoury uses X-rays, MRIs, and nerve conduction studies to gather more information about your low back pain and its cause. 

How is low back pain treated?

Dr. Khoury provides personalized treatment plans to alleviate your low back pain and resolve the condition causing it. Depending on your needs, he might prescribe physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or fluoroscopy-guided spine injections. In severe cases, he might suggest nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, or radiofrequency ablation to stop pain signals. 

If you have low back pain, call Premier Pain Management or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.