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Advanced Pain Institute

Back pain can linger like a dark cloud and get in the way of your day-to-day life. At Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia and Encino, California, pain management specialist I. Michael Minehart, M.D., offers successful solutions for back pain and works thoroughly and comprehensively to determine the underlying causes.

To show you the complexity of back pain, the following conditions can result in referred pain to the back pain including diseases of the lung, diaphragm, heart, liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, urinary bladder, kidney, abdominal aneurysms, structural changes in the spine, circulation, and even rare autoimmune conditions can manifest itself as back pain.

The most common source of back pain is a muscle strain. Fortunately, these pains are self-limited (not chronic) and can be resolved with rest and mild range of motion exercises. However, when the sprain does not improve in 6-8 weeks, something else is going on. At this point, you could have injured some basic structures of your spine such as a joint, disc, muscle, or nerve.

So if your back pain has no clear diagnosis, you may need interventional pain specialist like Dr. Minehart to diagnose all of the above possibilities. However, since Dr. Minehart isn’t a specialist in every field, he relies on dedicated specialists in others field of medicine and surgery that can provide him an additional insight of the origin and treatment of these pain conditions.   

From the athletes to the sedentary and everyone in between, Dr. Minehart is here to help. Don’t let back pain dictate your day. Contact the Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia or Encino, California today. 

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Back Pain Q & A

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
Any number of factors can cause back pain or contribute to it. Some are more treatable than others. Age and genetics are among the biggest indicators of back pain. The latter means that if you have a family history of back pain then you are more likely to have it. Also, carrying excessive weights or doing physically demanding work can contribute to the condition. The first step in seeking treatment will be identifying the cause of your back pain.
Back pain treatments depend on the severity of the condition and its causes. For example, if the back pain is caused by injury to discs or spinal structure, then surgery may be the only treatment. If the pain is due to repetitive motion, then relief can come from addressing posture, regular stretching and other forms of physical therapy. During your visit to the doctor, they will determine the severity of your back pain and create a proper course of treatment.

Many individuals suffering from back pain worry that they will never be relieved. Pain can very frustrating and discouraging. In most cases pain can be managed and treated with permanent relief. We encourage you to contact a specialist today to see what your options might be. Contact Dr. Minehart today to schedule your appointment and find pain-free peace. 

I. Michael Minehart, M.D.

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I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in interventional pain management for the treatment of chronic pain.