Back Pain Q & A

"Low back pain is probably the most common form of chronic pain in the modern world. The back is subject not only to the wear and tear of aging but the sprains, strain, or bruises of everyday living. Many aspects of back pain remain mysterious, making it one of the most stubborn conditions to treat, defying simple rules and simple solutions. Usually, even the worst back pain can be treated, and sometimes cured, as long as its source can be identified" — Dr. Scott Fishman

Back Pain and Surgery



Is surgery the best treatment for a bad back?

Failed Back Syndrome

What is failed back syndrome?

Back Pain and Physical Therapy

How does physical therapy relieve chronic back pain?

Back Pain and Nerve Block

Will a nerve block relieve my back pain?

Experimental Treatments for Back Pain

What are the latest experimental treatments for back pain?

Discogram for Back Pain

What is a discogram?

Back Pain and Kidney Infection

How can you tell the difference between a muscle strain in the back, and the pain that is caused by a kidney infection?

Radiofrequency for Back Pain

What is radiofrequency lesioning?

Laminectomies and Fiber Optic Procedures

Can you explain these procedures and how they might help the pain?

Acupuncture for Back Pain

My doctor has recently suggested acupuncture. Is acupuncture safe and will it really help?