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Spine Pain

Pacific Pain Physicians

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Barbara, CA & San Luis Obispo, CA

Spine pain is very common and frequently the reason people sometimes cannot make it to work. The experienced team of pain specialists at Pacific Pain Physicians in Santa Barbara, California, provides many treatment options for spine pain and can help you get relief from your discomfort. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Spine Pain Q & A


What is spine pain?

Spine pain refers to any pain or discomfort you feel in your back. While any part of your spine can be affected, it most often affects the cervical or lumbar spine because of their mobility and weight-bearing functions.

The pain you experience can vary and range from a dull ache to a sharp, shooting pain. The pain may also radiate down your extremities. Spine pain can also affect your range of motion.

What causes spine pain?

Your spine pain may have developed from any number of causes.

Common causes of spine pain include:

  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Facet arthropathy or arthritis
  • Bulging discs
  • Spinal deformity
  • Osteoporosis

In some cases, the exact source of your pain can be difficult to determine.

The pain can either be acute or chronic. Acute spine pain typically comes on suddenly as a result of an injury and resolves within six weeks or so. Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts three months or longer, and can develop from an injury that doesn’t seem to improve or from an unknown cause.

How is spine pain diagnosed?

The team at Pacific Pain Physicians conducts a comprehensive examination to help determine what may be causing your spine pain. However, as previously mentioned, the direct cause isn’t always identified.

In addition to a physical examination and review of your symptoms, your specialist may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an MRI or X-ray, and blood work to assist in a diagnosis. Nerve studies may also be recommended.

How can my spine pain be treated?

The specialists at Pacific Pain Physicians create an individualized treatment plan to help manage your spine pain based on the underlying cause of your pain, your symptoms, and your medical history. Your treatment is targeted at the generator of your pain and may include:

  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy

If necessary, surgery may also be recommended to help you get relief from your spine pain.

The experienced team at Pacific Pain Physicians knows how much spine pain can interfere with your life, which is why they offer several treatment options to help you find relief. To learn more, call the office today or book an appointment online.