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BACK PAIN

Like neck pain, back pain refers to a broad category of sensations which can affect the middle-upper or lower back, and may even radiate into the legs. Back pain usually ranges from a dull ache, to burning, to a shooting or stabbing feeling. Most back pain resolves with rest or home remedies, but this is not always the case. If you are experiencing:

  1. Severe and chronic pain
  2. Pain accompanied by a fever
  3. Numbness or weakness in your buttocks
  4. Pain, numbness, or weakness in your legs
  5. Bowel or bladder problems
  6. Unexplained weight loss

there could be a serious medical problem and it may be time to see a doctor.

CAUSES

Lower back pain can develop from a number of sources. Often, it occurs due to mechanical issues concerning the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones in your back. In other cases the pain may be neurological in nature, and might require tests or detailed imaging to properly diagnose.

Causes of lower back pain include:

  1. Muscle or ligament sprain or strain
  2. Arthritis
  3. Herniated disc
  4. Sciatica
  5. Degenerative disc disease
  6. Radiculopathy
  7. Spinal stenosis
  8. Injury

A structural deformity in the spine, such as scoliosis, can also lead to lower back pain.

TREATMENTS

Numerous treatments can provide relief or help you manage your back pain depending on its severity and symptoms. While surgery can address many of the causes of back pain listed above, surgery is rarely recommended immediately. After an evaluation, our providers may first advise one or more conservative treatments, such as:

  1. Modification of activity
  2. Anti-inflammatories and over-the-counter pain medications
  3. Steroid injections
  4. Physical therapy
  5. Chiropractic care
  6. Acupuncture

In the event that conservative therapies fail to relieve your pain and a more potent approach is needed, Dr. Li may recommend surgery.

“Dr. Yan Michael Li is an accomplished and skilled surgeon that is always wearing a smile. Dr. Li takes the time to explain the surgery, and has offered input along my entire process during and after my Laminectomy Surgery. Dr. Li comes highly recommended!” – Wesley M., 2020

“Dr. Li was my boyfriends surgeon. He was very helpful and personable and kept us in the loop the entire weekend we were in the hospital. I would highly recommend him.” – Serenna R., 2020

“It was good to be treated with PROFESSIONALISM and CARE. I say that DOCTOR LI and his staff, gave me this best care I needed. DOCTOR LI and his team took the time to explain every step of the procedure, and even took the time to call the following day to find out how I was feeling.” – Stephanie S., 2019

“This being my 6th back surgery, left me very hesitant to go in for another one. His confidence in being able to help me, led me to having it performed. I am on my way to feeling like my old self again, after not being able to walk up a flight of stairs before the surgery. I highly recommend Dr Li.” – Self-verified patient, 2018

“I remember one call I had to make to you after getting home after rehab… I felt so bad to bother you and full of apologies. Your reply was ‘You don’t apologize, you are my responsibility.’ So warm, kind & concerned. Listening and helping. I’ve NEVER in 66 years heard that rich of a reply from any doctor!” – Joy H., 2018

“Dr. Li, There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to you and your team. I am so thankful for the work you do and the part you played in prolonging my husband, Derek’s life. We don’t know how long he has, but you have given him the gift of time. Time spent with me, his wife, and also with our three young children. I will forever be eternally grateful to you.” – Leah M., 2017

“Dr. Li, This letter is to let you know how thankful I am to have you in my life. You are much appreciated and a honor to me and a miracle. I have alot of trust being in your hands and that will never change. I am so thankful to still be breathing and have the relationship I have with my family now. You are a very respectable grown man sir and I will never forget you…” – James H., 2014

“Dr. Li, Our family would like to say thank you to one of the nicest most caring Dr.’s we have come across. Thank you for taking my sister Sharon in and doing her surgery. You kindness will always be appreciated. May your life be filled with love and happiness always. Again Dr. Li thank you!” – The Family of Sharon S.