Back Pain And Sciatica Specialists

South Lake Medical Center, Inc.

Physical Medicine and Pain Rehabilitation Center located in Pasadena, CA

Back Pain and Sciatica Q & A

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The doctors at South Lake Medical Center in Pasadena, California understand that regardless of your age or fitness level, severe Back Pain can make sitting, standing, or even lying still difficult to nearly impossible. Even low level, Acute, or Chronic Back Pain can interfere with those everyday activities you enjoy, such as taking a walk in the California sunshine.

The team at South Lake Medical Center can develop a plan to get you moving again! 


What causes Back Pain?

Low Back Pain

The causes for Back Pain are as varied as the individuals who suffer from back pain.
It may stem from:

  • Disc injuries
  • Joint facet sprains
  • Muscle spasm irritation
  • Improper lifting techniques at work or home that injure the muscles in your back, leaving you with severe pain and stiffness 
  • Spinal issues such as herniated or bulging discs or compressed nerves that cause pain in numerous areas of your back and neck
  • Acute or chronic injury to your knees or hips that causes gait disturbance which throws the bony elements and muscles in your back out of alignment
  • Obesity and weak abdominal muscles that stress the musculoskeletal system of the back, causing both upper and lower back pain
  • Auto accidents or falls causing back injuries, often resulting in chronic pain that lasts long after the bruising fades  
  • Incorrect stance or form in various sports that strains the muscles or spinous processes of your back

What is Sciatica?

The Sciatic nerve, the largest in the body, begins in the lumbar or lower spine and runs through both sides of the buttocks to the legs and feet. Sciatica occurs with compression of the sciatic nerve in the spinal area due to a slipped disc or other spinal issue. Sciatic pain, sometimes accompanied by burning and tingling discomfort, may start in the lower back and travel down the buttocks and into the legs and feet. It typically occurs on only one side but may affect both sides.

How do you decide what’s causing my Back Pain?

The doctors at South Lake Medical Center will complete a full evaluation that includes a full discussion regarding your symptoms and medical history, and a physical examination that may include a range of motion testing, nerve testing, and simple exercises to gauge your ability to perform them will be part of your initial examination. Your visit may call for x-rays and further diagnostic studies to help pinpoint the cause of your Back Pain so that the doctor can create an appropriate treatment plan that takes into consideration your medical history and overall health.

What’s the treatment for Back Pain?

Our goal is to be as non-invasive as possible, without resorting to narcotics. Effective treatment for your Back Pain depends upon the condition causing the symptoms. Your medical team at South Lake Medical Center will focus on solving the underlying issues, reducing your pain, and getting you back to your routine activities. Therapies may include:


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