Back Pain Specialist

The Spine & Pain Center of California

Interventional Pain Management Physician & Regenerative Medicine located in Pleasanton & Fremont, CA

If you have back pain that isn’t improving with noninvasive treatments like medication, then injectable treatments could give you the relief you need. Navin Mallavaram, MD, and his team at The Spine & Pain Center of California provide high-quality treatment for back pain that focuses on injections to improve or get rid of your discomfort. Both traditional anesthetic and steroid injections and innovative regenerative medicine injections are available at The Spine & Pain Center of California offices in Pleasanton and Fremont, California. Call today or use the online form to book an appointment.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

All sorts of everyday activities can lead to events that cause back pain. You can hurt your back by twisting awkwardly, falling over, or not using the right method when lifting a heavy weight. You might be in an auto accident or fall off your bicycle — even minor collisions and falls can cause back pain.

Poor posture also causes back pain. If you sit hunched over or have rounded shoulders, it puts a strain on your back that can lead to painful conditions developing.

If you’re involved in sports or exercise, you might injure your back playing or training. This is more likely if you don’t warm up and cool down properly. Using poor technique can put a strain on your back as well, as can doing more than you’re capable of.

Another cause of back pain is overuse or repetitive strain. If you often repeat the same movements with your back, over time, it can cause tissue inflammation. Wear-and-tear can also make it more likely that you’ll suffer from chronic spinal conditions.

What chronic spinal conditions cause back pain?

Some of the most frequent causes of chronic back pain are due to tissue deterioration. These conditions include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal arthritis

Bulging or herniated spinal discs can be a result of disc deterioration due to degenerative disc disease. They can also happen suddenly if your back comes under excessive strain.

Chronic spinal conditions are especially common in older people. Some spinal problems develop before birth (congenital) like scoliosis. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis usually develop during childhood or as a young adult but can develop in older people too.

How is back pain treated?

At The Spine & Pain Center of California, Dr. Mallavaram and his team treat back pain using a variety of injectable therapies.

Conventional injections for back pain usually contain an anesthetic that numbs the pain temporarily, and a longer-lasting steroid that reduces inflammation. These types of injections include:

  • Epidural
  • Sacroiliac
  • Lumbar transforaminal
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Facet

In addition to these types of injections, Dr. Mallavaram uses regenerative medicine techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP). These stimulate new tissue growth and encourage better healing.

Other therapies provided at The Spine & Pain Center of California include radiofrequency facet ablations and spinal cord stimulator trials for patients whose pain isn’t improving with other treatments. Your doctor can explain the details and benefits of each of these procedures as well as their risks before you decide on which treatment you’ll use.

Call The Spine & Pain Center of California today for more information or book an appointment online.