Low Back Pain Specialist

Thomas C. Apostle, DO -  - Physical Medicine

Thomas C. Apostle, DO

Specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, & specializing in Psychiatry. Located in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Westlake, CA

Low back pain is one of the most common causes of disability and missed work. If you have low back pain, make an appointment with Thomas C. Apostle, DO, at any of his offices in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Westlake Village, California. Dr. Apostle practices at a world-renowned, multidisciplinary spine center. He offers holistic treatment plans to relieve back pain and restore your quality of life. Call to schedule a consultation today.

Low Back Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of low back pain?

Back pain can stem from your spine, muscles, connective tissue, or nerves and has many causes. Some of the common causes of back pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle and connective tissue strains
  • Trigger points
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Compression fractures 

Your risk of back pain increases as you age, and your spinal discs, muscles, and connective tissue become drier and less flexible. Other factors that contribute to back pain include being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, and having a physically demanding career.

What is sciatica?

Many patients use the term sciatica as a synonym for low back pain. However, sciatica is a group of symptoms that occur when something, such as a herniated disc, compresses your sciatic nerve. 

In addition to low back pain, sciatica also includes pain, numbness, tingling sensations, and muscle weakness that extend through one or both sides of your lower body. It causes balance problems and increases your risk of falling.

When should I talk to a doctor about low back pain?

You should contact Dr. Apostle if you have back pain that persists for more than three or four days. You should also make an appointment if you’ve sustained a traumatic injury to your back or if your pain prevents you from sleeping or moving.

Dr. Apostle offers expert diagnostics to identify the cause of your back pain. He uses comprehensive exams and state-of-the-art digital imaging studies to evaluate your condition and design customized treatment plans.

How is low back pain treated?

Dr. Apostle takes a holistic approach to treating back pain. Your treatment plan includes therapies to heal your back, relieve your pain, and address lifestyle factors that contribute to your risk of low back pain. 

For example, your treatment program could include:

  • Medication
  • Trigger point injections
  • Epidural or facet joint injections
  • Osteopathic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Noninvasive spinal decompression
  • Braces
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty

In severe cases, Dr. Apostle might recommend surgery to repair your spine or remove abnormal tissue that contributes to your pain.

He also might recommend diet and exercise changes to reduce inflammation, improve your strength and flexibility, and help you lose excess weight. Some patients benefit from practicing yoga or Pilates to increase their core strength.

Many patients with back pain also experience depression and anxiety. Dr. Apostle offers treatments to restore and protect your mental health. 

Call Dr. Apostle today to make an appointment if you have back pain that disrupts your life.