Lower Back Pain

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO -  - Pain Management Specialist

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO

Pain Management Specialist located in Napa, CA

If you live with lower back pain, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is the most prevalent type of chronic pain in American adults. At her private practice in Napa, California, Jacqueline Weisbein, DO, provides customized, multimodal treatments to reduce or eliminate lower back pain, ranging from physical therapy and epidural injections to spinal cord stimulators. Don’t let lower back pain interfere with your life anymore. Call Dr. Weisbein or make an appointment online today.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of lower back pain?

Your lower back is like the foundation of your body. Your lumbar spine extends from your hips and pelvis to support your trunk, arms, and head. It provides a center of balance, while also absorbing shock from every step you take. It’s no wonder that the most common causes of low back pain include muscle and connective tissue injuries as well as degeneration in your lumbar vertebrae and their cushioning discs.

Common lower back problems include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament and tendon tears
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis 

Whether you spend your day moving heavy objects, walking around a classroom or hospital, or sitting at a desk working feverishly on a computer, your lower back bears the brunt of your routine. You can injure your back with too much activity, or a lack of movement can weaken your back and core, making you vulnerable to injuries from less vigorous actions.

What is sciatica?

Many people think that sciatica is back pain. However, sciatica is the name of a group of symptoms, including low back pain, caused by compression of your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It extends from your lower spine to your buttocks, where it splits and continues down the back of both of your legs, ending at your feet. Depending on where your nerve is compressed, you may experience symptoms in one or both legs. 

How is the cause of lower back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Weisbein provides comprehensive exams to identify the cause of your lower back pain. After going over your medical history and talking to you about your symptoms, health, and lifestyle, she checks your body for signs of deformity, inflammation, and other issues that contribute to low back pain. She asks you to move through some stretches to gauge your pain and range of motion, and check for signs of nerve compression.

Dr. Weisbein also orders diagnostic imaging studies like MRIs and X-rays, as well as nerve function studies, to gather more information to inform her diagnosis.

How is lower back pain treated?

Dr. Weisbein creates customized multimodal treatment plans to address your lower back pain. Your treatment plan may include:

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

If lower back pain is interfering with your life, call Dr. Weisbein or make an appointment online today.