Back Pain Specialist

Joseph Hadi, MD -  - Pain Management Specialist

Joseph Hadi, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Encino, CA

Having a bad back is something that affects millions of people every year, and many are in constant pain because of their condition. If you have back pain, Joseph Hadi, MD, in Encino, California, can help. Dr. Hadi is a double board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine, and provides effective therapies for back pain that could help you avoid surgery. Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can sometimes be caused by internal problems like a kidney infection, but for the most part back pain develops because of injury or deterioration of your musculoskeletal system.

Your spinal column consists of vertebrae with spongy discs between them that act as shock absorbers. There are three sections of vertebrae:

  • Cervical (neck)
  • Thoracic (upper back)
  • Lumbar (lower back)

There are also muscles and ligaments connecting and supporting your spinal column, and the main collection of nerves called the spinal cord. Your spinal cord sits inside the protective vertebrae in a sheath called the spinal canal.

When they’re all healthy and working in harmony, these body parts enable you to move your back and neck freely. However, if any one of them gets injured or starts to deteriorate, it can cause pain and loss of movement. 

Back pain often involves the nerves exiting your spinal canal, which can cause additional symptoms like:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Prickling
  • Burning 

These sensations typically affect your arms or legs. You might also have other symptoms such as incontinence if the cause of your back pain is related to the nerves in your spinal canal.

What conditions might be causing my back pain?

Some of the more common causes of back pain that Dr. Hadi sees most frequently include:

  • Damaged ligaments
  • Pulled muscles
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine)
  • Osteophytes (bone spurs)
  • Facet arthropathy
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome

Conditions such as facet syndrome and arthropathy are forms of osteoarthritis of the joints in your spine. They’re among the most common causes of low back pain. 

Radiculopathy is a term that means nerve compression, which can occur anywhere in your spine. For example, cervical radiculopathy means having a trapped nerve in your neck.

An accurate diagnosis of your condition is vital when you have back pain. Some conditions have similar symptoms, such as sciatica and piriformis syndrome, which both cause shooting pain down one leg. Knowing the exact cause of your back pain ensures you receive the best possible treatment. 

Dr. Hadi is an expert in diagnosing the causes of back pain. He also has access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to aid in the assessment of your condition.

How is back pain treated?

The treatment you need for your back pain depends on what’s causing it. In most cases, conservative therapies resolve patients’ back pain. These approaches could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Acupuncture
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy
  • Traumeel® anti-inflammatory preparation
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks

You might also need anti-inflammatory medications to ease the pain and inflammation. Pain meds, while useful at times, don’t cure the cause of your back pain, so it’s always best to use other approaches that give you longer-lasting relief.

If you’re suffering because of back pain, call today, or book an appointment online.


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