Neck and back pain affects just about everyone at some point during their life. About 80% of adults report one or more episodes of neck and back pain, which is a common cause of job-related disability.
Men and woman are both afflicted by neck and back pain, which may be mild and dull or severe and sharp.
Lower back pain is the most common type of chronic pain, affecting 27% of patients surveyed. Neck pain affects around 15% of patients. In addition, neck pain occurs slightly more often in women than men. People who develop chronic neck pain include those with cervical spine conditions, and people who sit in one location for long periods of time (for example, at your desk or computer). *National Institute of Health Survey
Risk Factors for Neck and Back Pain:
AGE – Neck and back pain usually begins between 30 to 50 years old. It is more common among older adults.
FITNESS – The more physically fit you are the lower your risk is for neck and back pain. Weak muscles cannot support the spin, which causes severe problems for patients over time.
WEIGHT –Excessive weight gain puts stress on your skeletal structure, specifically your neck and back. This results in pain, severe pain, over time.
GENETICS – Certain neck and back conditions may be inherited, such as ankylosing spondylitis.
OCCUPATION – A job that requires heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, and twisting often leads to neck and back pain. Jobs that require chronic vibration or long periods of sitting at one time, may also cause severe neck and back pain over time.
Causes of Neck and Back Pain:
- Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
- Herniated Disc
- Myofascial Pain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spine Instability
How is Neck and Back Pain Treated?
The treatment of back pain depends on the cause of your pain. At the Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach we offer a variety of treatment options.
Treatment Options Include:
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy helps strengthen the muscles that support your neck and back. Dr. Zaffarkhan may recommend physical therapy. The Physical Therapist will work with you to improve mobility and flexibility of the spine. Pain relief measures include cold and heat therapy, electrical stimulation, and massage.
Medications – Dr. Khyber Zaffarkhan may prescribe prescription strength medications for relief of pain and / or inflammation. Certain analgesic medications are prescribed short-term, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Other medications include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and topical creams, which reduce the sensation of pain.
Non-Surgical Spinal Manipulation – Dr. Zaffarkhan is highly trained in non-surgical spinal manipulation and mobilization using his hands. This type of therapy involves adjustments, manipulation, and massage of the back and neck to improve pain.
Nerve Blocks – To block pain from specific areas of the body this approach involves injecting long lasting anesthetics, with or without steroids, near the nerve root. Nerve blocks have an 80% success rate (clinical studies).
Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) – For immediate, short-term pain relief, Dr. Zaffarkhan can inject a corticosteroid, with or without an anesthetic agent, in the epidural space (right outside the spinal cord).
Trigger Point Injections (TPIs) – Dr. Zaffarkhan can inject painful trigger points with an anesthetic. According to recent studies, this procedure has a 90-100% success rate to reduce or eliminate pain.
Radiofrequency Ablation – This is a revolutionary procedure for neck and / or back pain. It provides 6-24 months of consistent pain relief. Studies show that repeat treatments can be just as effective as the first treatment.
Facet Blocks / Medial Branch Blocks – This is an in-office outpatient procedure which involves injecting a numbing medication, with or without steroids. This procedure provides about 6 months of pain relief.
Regenerative Medicine –Neck and back pain may be treated with stem cell therapy, with bone marrow or amniotic derived stem cells. These treatments show excellent benefits to patients.
At the Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach we offer state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical treatments for chronic pain and rehabilitation. In addition to osteopathic non-surgical medicine, our team offers solutions for arthritis, neck and back pain, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, elbow, wrist, and joint pain, foot and ankle pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and more.
The Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach and Dr. Khyber Zaffarkhan are located in the jewel of Southern California, Newport Beach. This location allows Dr. Zaffarkhan and our team to proudly serve the greater Orange County, Los Angeles, and Southern California areas, including Pasadena, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and San Diego.
For more information on the best Newport Beach pain management specialist please contact our Concierge Patient Coordinator at (949) 438-1888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.