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Back Pain

Integrative Medical Center

Family Medicine, Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Doctors located in Irvine, CA and serving the greater Orange County, CA area

About 50% of all working Americans report back pain symptoms each year. If you’re looking for natural solutions that offer long-term relief, visit Integrative Medical Center in Irvine, California. Dr. Jing Fang Li and Dr. Po Chen provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to healing from chronic pain, which includes treatment such as acupuncture, nutrition management, herbal medicine, and more. Get started today by booking a consultation online, or call the office to learn more.

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What causes back pain?

Back pain is a common condition with various causes.

Acute or sudden back pain

  • Strained ligament or muscle, from stretching or overuse
  • Sprained tendon, from trauma to a joint
  • Standing, sitting, or driving too long
  • Lifting something heavy

Chronic or long-lasting back pain

  • Sciatica, or a pinched sciatic nerve, from stenosis, herniation, or a bone spur
  • Arthritis, from wear and tear on joints and cartilage, or from an autoimmune disease
  • Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine
  • Osteoporosis, or loss of bone tissue, from hormonal changes or vitamin deficiency

Some infections can also cause back pain, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or shingles.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain can manifest in different ways, depending on the cause. Some common signs include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Sharp or shooting pains
  • Pain that radiates down the arms or legs
  • Limited range of motion
  • Fatigue

In many cases, acute back pain gets better with rest and self-care. If you have symptoms that aren’t improving, pain that’s accompanied by a fever, or you can’t move your body normally, it’s best to seek medical attention right away.

What are the treatment options for back pain?

At Integrative Medical Center, the goal of pain management is to minimize the dependence on drugs or the application of invasive methods. Traditional pain relief strategies can provide short-term relief, but they aren’t practical for long-term healing and dependence on pain medication is a severe problem for many people.

Your treatment plan might include a variety of different methods that target inflammation, support the body’s healing process, and improve movement and flexibility. Common modalities Integrative Medical Center uses include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition
  • Herbal remedies
  • Deep and soft tissue massage
  • Regenerative medicine

Using a combination of approaches, your physician can help you achieve maximum results with minimal side effects.

What results can a patient expect with back pain treatment?

It’s possible to experience immediate relief from acute pain with techniques such as acupuncture or massage. The best approach for chronic pain generally involves a long-term treatment plan, education, and lifestyle modifications to help you achieve your goals.

Dr. Li or Dr. Chen will follow up and modify your treatment plan as appropriate, guiding you each step of the way to make sure you don’t relapse into pain.

To learn more about back pain treatment at Integrative Medical Center, call the office today or book a consultation online to get started.

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