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
"I am a PGA professional and personal trainer. I have had back pain for 40 plus years and have tried all modalities of pain relief from yoga, Chi Kung, and acupuncture to chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage, spinal injections, stem cells and bought every contraption invented to supposedly help alleviate back pain. I was almost ready to resign myself to a life of unrelenting pain and disability until I found Southwest Spine and Sports and Dr. Wolff. It has been such a relief to finally find a doctor and entire staff who understands chronic pain and has the cutting edge skills to treat it. They really do care about their patients. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care."- T.P. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2017
"I have been a patient of Dr Komar for the past 5 years. Being one that has suffered through severe neck & upper back pain. Dr Komar has always provided care to get me back on track and pain free. I would drive to any office to see him , thats how much he is able to change my life around."- J.P. / Yelp / Jul 16, 2013
"I have been suffering with lower back pain for 10 years now. I have been to more than 5 different doctors and specialists over that period. I finally got referred to dr. Lee from my back surgeon and he suggested Radiofrequency ablation . I was very skeptical at first since I had been through the injection routine many times which never worked. My last pain specialist in Desert Ridge told me there was nothing else that could be done but give pain medicine. I wanted to get off the medicine and get my life back. Not that the medicine was very strong but it did help. I can’t tell you how good I feel after my procedure it’s like a miracle. I feel like I’ve gained my 10 years back. I have arthritis in my lower back and it worked for me. It may not be for everyone but if you do suffer from arthritis it should work for you. If your insurance covers you and you want an in office procedure they also have an in office where you don’t have to come up with any more money for an out of office procedure. Thanks again to Dr Lee"- R.F. / Yelp / Mar 04, 2015
"I’ve been a patient at SW Spine & Sports for about 6 yrs. In the beginning Dr. John C. Jones handled my lower back pain issues. He was outstanding and I was very happy with their services. Today the clinic is run by Dr Michael Wolf. My luck is holding out. Even though Dr Jones is gone, Dr Wolf is absolutely terrific. I have some serious knee and hip problems and he has personally performed some very effective procedures for which I am quite pleased. The office staff is friendly and efficient and Dr Wolf is very personable and extremely competent. You can’t do better for orthopedic problems."- C.D. / Yelp / May 09, 2019
"Our family has been treated by Dr. Komar and Dr. Lara K. - awesome results...very happy that the doctors have found a way to treat chronic low back pain without the use of pain medicines/pills. They won’t stop trying until your pain is under control. Highly recommend these guys to anybody in the same boat as we were!"- S.D. / Yelp / Dec 25, 2014
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.
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.
Conditions Commonly Treated
- Chronic and acute low back pain
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet joint pain / arthritis
- Sacroiliac joint pain