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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)

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.


Anatomy of the Spine

Cervical Radiculopathy

Facet Joint Syndrome

Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)

Back and Neck Pain FAQs

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.

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.

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.

Back and Neck Pain Blogs


Our Medical Team | 08/19/2023

Dr. Wolff specializes in diagnosing and treating chronic lower back pain, offering personalized treatment options to address the underlying causes.


Our Medical Team | 04/27/2023

Many of us suffer from low back pain at some point, but it’s crucial to know the signs of serious back pain that deserve medical attention.


Our Medical Team | 12/26/2022

A Discseel® Procedure can relieve back pain by sealing the discs and promoting the growth of strong, resilient new tissue.


Our Medical Team | 06/30/2022

The innovative Discseel® Procedure can alleviate lower back pain caused by disc tears. Find out more about treatment options for disc damage here.

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