Back Pain

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO -  - Pain Management Specialist

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO

Pain Management Specialist located in Napa, CA

Back pain is extraordinarily common, with 80% of American adults experiencing it at some point during their lives. Jacqueline Weisbein, DO, a fellowship-trained and double board-certified pain management specialist, offers expert diagnosis and customized treatments at her private practice in Napa, California. If you have back pain, you don’t have to put up with it. Call Dr. Weisbein or make an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is widespread and variable. You might have back pain from an acute injury or repetitive motions, or it could stem from a degenerative condition. Some of the most prevalent cause of back pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Bone spurs 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Tumors
  • Muscle and connective tissue injuries
  • Failed back surgery

Many factors contribute to back pain, including your age, weight, and profession. As you age, your muscles and connective tissue become drier and less flexible, and consequently more vulnerable to injury. If you’re overweight or obese, your back is under more stress because it has to support a greater weight. Both sedentary jobs and physically demanding jobs can increase your risk of back pain, although in different ways.

When should I talk to a doctor about back pain?

In most cases, back pain goes away after a couple of days of at-home treatments such as rest, over-the-counter pain medication, and ice packs. If your pain lasts longer or gets worse, you should make an appointment to talk to Dr. Weisbein about your pain. If you suffer an acute injury, can’t move, or have numbness or weakness in your arms or legs, you should make an appointment right away. 

How is back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Weisbein provides thorough exams and consultations to identify the condition causing your back pain. After discussing your medical history, overall health, lifestyle, and symptoms, she performs a physical exam, checking for signs of injury, inflammation, and other abnormal signs. Dr. Weisbein may order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays and MRIs to study the structures of your back in more detail.

How is back pain treated?

After Dr. Weisbein diagnoses the cause of your back pain, she creates a customized, multimodal treatment plan to alleviate your pain and address the underlying condition. Depending on your needs, she may recommend physical therapy and lifestyle modifications like weight loss. However, she also offers a variety of state-of-the-art interventional pain treatments such as: 

  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Intrathecal pain pumps
  • Dorsal column stimulation
  • Sacroiliac joint fusion 

In her effort to offer only the best treatments, Dr. Weisbein works with brands including Vertiflex®, PainTEQ™, MedTronic, and Abbott. 

If you have back pain that’s interfering with your quality of life, call or make an appointment online today.