Over 80% of people experience low back pain (LBP) at some point in their life. It is the second leading cause of disability in the United States. The costs associated with low back pain are estimated to be greater than $100 billion annually. Low back pain episodes are often short-lived, however, can be severe, debilitating, and in some cases, become chronic. Common causes of LBP include herniated discs, radiculopathy (sciatica), degenerative disc disease (internal disc disruption), and facet joint arthritis.
Traditional treatments are aimed at just reducing symptoms; the use of rest, ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, braces, and steroid injections provide temporary relief and may reduce symptoms. These treatments are often band-aids, masking the symptoms and not addressing the underlying condition. If patients do not get the relief they are looking for from these traditional treatments they may opt for surgery, such as spinal fusion. This may lead to chronic pain, advanced degeneration of adjacent segments of the spine, and eventual additional surgery.
Advanced regenerative medicine treatments aim to actually repair injuries and restore function. Minimally invasive techniques with biologics, including platelet-rich plasma, stem cell, autologous fibrin disc sealant, and growth factor therapies may provide long-lasting relief. These treatments may contribute to the healing of the injured structure and restoring health and function, rather than just providing short-term alleviation of the symptoms.
- A herniated disc
- Annular tear
- Degenerative disc
- Facet joint dysfunction - two joints behind each disc that become arthritic as torn discs collapse
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction - the sacroiliac joint can become painful if it becomes inflamed (sacroiliitis) and may cause back pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fracture(s)
- Autoimmune disease(s)
Back and Neck Pain Reviews
"SSS has been helping me manage my lower back pain for the past 8 years. Dr. Wolff and his caring, experienced team have been able to treat my painful symptoms and postpone a probable future surgery. His office and nursing staff are very efficient and utilize the latest equipment and technologies during my procedures. Unlike someone with an injury that will generally heal, there isn’t much one can do when dealing with multiple degenerative issues except to use various methods to minimize my discomfort so I can lead a mostly normal life. Thank you Southwest Spine and Sports and Dr. Wolff for all your help."- B.P. / Yelp / Jul 09, 2021
"Dr. Wolfe and staff are experienced and caring. I had good results with injections for back pain. Usually little waiting at time of appointment."- M.F. / Google / May 16, 2021
"I’ve been a patient of Dr Wolff and PA Sheila for 2 years. I suffer from chronic back pain and had multiple joint replacement surgeries and I couldn’t ask for better care. When I have questions PA Sheila provides answers for a holistic care approach."- S.R. / Google / Jun 16, 2021
"I had a very positive experience when I recently saw Dr. Michael Wolff for my chronic low back pain. As a physician and acupuncturist myself, I know how important it is for a patient and doctor to be partners in the healing process. This requires compassion, patience, time for education, identifying realistic goals and follow through. Dr Wolff has all of theses qualities in abundance. By the time I left his office I was clear about all of the options available to me to improve my situation. I was also impressed with his staff, all of whom were very welcoming and efficient. I highly recommend Dr. Wolff."- L.F. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
"It’s a drive for me, but we’ll worth it. Dr. Wolf and his staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. He has helped me greatly with my back pain and I would highly recommend him."- P.Y. / Google / May 16, 2021
Every patient receives a careful and thorough evaluation before any treatment plans are made. This highly individualized level of care is critical to make the correct diagnosis and pick the best, most effective course of treatment for each patient. This level of care is beyond most busy clinics that treat patients by standard protocols. Our care is personalized and based on a patient’s injury and goals. Don't just take our word for it, read the reviews for yourself.
Conditions Commonly Treated
- Chronic and acute low back pain
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet joint pain / arthritis
- Sacroiliac joint pain
Back and neck pain FAQs
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc is sometimes called a slipped or bulging disc. It typically occurs in the lower part of the spine and can cause debilitating symptoms like pain and numbness. People with a herniated disc in Scottsdale, AZ, have trouble performing even simple tasks and may have to limit their activities. It's best to visit a back and neck pain specialist so you can get a treatment plan.
What causes degenerative disc disease?
Degenerative disc disease is caused by the breakdown of the soft cushion in between your vertebrae. The damage may be due to aging or everyday use (wear and tear). Degeneration can also result from a previous injury or medical condition. While symptoms can be painful, there are treatments that help relieve some of the discomfort.
What if I'm not interested in surgery?
Some people are not interested in treating their back and neck pain because they don't want to turn to solutions like surgery. At Southwest Spine & Sports, we're proud to offer minimally invasive procedures so you can return to your daily activities with very little downtime. Treatments may include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for long-lasting relief.
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