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Back Pain Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Southern Arizona

It’s estimated that as many as 80% of adult Americans experience back pain during their lifetimes. At the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona, the pain medicine physicians offer comprehensive treatment for a variety of issues that can lead to chronic back pain. Custom treatment plans are available at five offices in Oro Valley, Green Valley, and Tucson, Arizona. You can also visit Regional Pain Institute in Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gilbert, Arizona, a division of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. Find out by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking feature.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can develop due to injuries, trauma, or degenerative diseases that progress as you get older.

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

  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Facet joint syndrome

You may also develop chronic back pain due to osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones of your spine to weaken, increasing your risk for bone fractures.

If your cervical spine is affected by injury or disease, you can develop pain and issues that affect the range of motion you have in your neck. If injury or disease affects your lumbar spine, you’ll develop pain and related symptoms that affect your lower back, which can also radiate down into your buttocks and legs.

How is back pain diagnosed?

To get to the root of your chronic back pain, your provider reviews your medical history and current symptoms. They also perform a physical exam of your spine and surrounding muscles to identify areas of swelling and pain and evaluate your range of motion and flexibility.

Your doctor at Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) also examines your spine for irregularities, such as scoliosis, a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of your spine.

In some cases, your specific symptoms can pinpoint the potential cause of pain. If your provider suspects you have a herniated disc or a degenerative condition such as arthritis or osteoporosis, they can request imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI, to confirm your diagnosis.

What treatments are available for chronic back pain?

Initially, the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) medical team may recommend conservative therapies to alleviate back pain and increase your range of motion.

If back pain is severe enough to interfere with your life, you may benefit from steroid injections to reduce the inflammation that’s irritating your nerves. If severe pain is the result of a herniated disc or other spinal condition, epidural steroid injections may be helpful. These injections deliver anesthetic and steroid medications directly into the epidural space of the spine to relieve pain and decrease inflammation.

You can expect a custom treatment plan based on your needs to help you manage ongoing pain and ensure a good quality of life.

Learn more about nonsurgical treatment options for chronic back pain by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online.

What we offer

Pain Ailments and Conditions