Back and Neck Pain in Scottsdale, AZ

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What is Chronic Lower Back Pain?

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, 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.

Common Causes

  • 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
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Compression fracture(s)
  • Infection(s)
  • Tumor(s)
  • Autoimmune disease(s)

What Are the Symptoms of Back and Neck Pain?

Back and neck pain can be debilitating, with symptoms that include:

  • Numbness or a tingling sensation in the arms or legs
  • Sharp or dull pain, which can spread from the affected area throughout the body
  • Stiffness along your spine and tailbone
  • Headaches
  • Shooting pain from the lower back down to the lower legs

There are many causes and symptoms related to back and neck pain, which is why it's important to schedule an exam at our Scottsdale, AZ office if you experience any of the above issues. Our team will work with you to diagnose the underlying cause and help you find relief.

Our Promise

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.

Where Lower Back Pain Begins

How are Neck and Back Pain Treated?

At Southwest Spine and Sports, we believe in treating back and neck pain with minimally invasive, regenerative techniques that can treat pain with an eye to the future instead of alleviating pain in the short term. Many of these treatments use your body’s own cells or tissues, thereby avoiding the risks of traditional therapies and making surgery much less likely. Some of the methods we use at our Scottsdale, AZ facility include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Biologic Therapies
  • Growth factor injections

To find out more about our treatment methods and to schedule a consultation, please get in touch with our team.

Get Relief Today

At Southwest Spine & Sports, we know how difficult chronic pain can be. Get relief and get back to the life you deserve with our state-of-the-art care. Call our Scottsdale, AZ office to set up a consultation as soon as possible.

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Anatomy of the Spine

Cervical Radiculopathy

Facet Joint Syndrome

Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)

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 discomforts.
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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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

Had back pain from a bad fall, and was able to get to see this doctor. So thankful for her guidance.

Anonymous Healthgrades

Dr. Wolff is the one doctor we have that does everything to curtail our pain. My hubby sees Dr. Wolff for back pain. I had a knee replacement five years ago that has a hiccup. His staff is TOTALLT dedicated to patient care.

L.H. Google

I couldn’t be happier with the decision to have the discseel procedure. It has changed my ability to be and maintain an active lifestyle. More importantly, I have been able to maintain the necessary physical requirements for my job. Since the procedure, I completed my first full marathon. I participated in the Batton Death March carrying a 15-pound pack in 6 hours 17 minutes. I also completed my annual pack test for wildland response which requires me to carry a 45-pound pack for 3 miles. I completed that test in 40 minutes. In both cases, I was completely pain free from what had become normal back pain, numbness, tingling, and sleepless nights because of those symptoms. As a 62 y/o male, being able to run again and be physically active without pain has improved my mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. A big Thank you to Dr. Wolff and his staff.

Anonymous Office Visit

Dr Wolfe has been amazing for the last 8 years of my journey with back and neck pain.

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