Back Doctor

Our specialty-trained back doctors at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are internationally and nationally recognized for their leadership and training in the diagnosis and treatment of back injuries and conditions.

Back pain can occur for several reasons and can include arthritis, sports injuries, and other accidents. The onset of back pain can be sudden or over time such as what happens with our joints. This is because the back is comprised of bone, cartilage, and joints that have naturally worn down over the years. For instance, spinal osteoarthritis is a condition that occurs when the cartilage of the spinal joints wears down as you age, and the bones no longer have the cushion between them, so they rub against each other. 

While it’s normal to become less flexible as you get older and be at a greater risk for back pain, the good news is there are back doctors who specialize in treating back pain who can offer a variety of treatments, many of them minimally invasive, that can help reduce this pain.

When You Should Visit a Back Doctor Near You

Symptoms offer clues to your condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, you should make an appointment with a medical doctor to have them assessed:

  • Arm or leg aches
  • Back pain that intensifies when standing or walking
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination in hands
  • Feeling of muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or tingling 
  • Pain after lifting heavy items
  • Pain in buttocks
  • Radiating pain, back to leg to foot 
  • Radiating pain, neck to arm to hand

If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, you may be suffering from one of the following injuries or conditions that can be treated with or without surgery by our expertly trained back doctors:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle strain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Ruptured disc
  • Sciatica
  • Twisted back

Experience Excellence at Southern California Orthopedic Institute

Deciding on the best doctor or surgeon to treat your back pain is important, and there is much to consider when choosing a back specialist for your back, neck, and spine needs.

At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, you can be confident knowing our fellowship-trained back doctors are knowledgeable medical specialists with focused specialty training in back problems. With this advanced training and extensive experience, our back specialists will treat your individual condition with the highest level of expertise.

Through our Spine Center, our back doctors take a team approach in assessing, diagnosing, and treating our back patients. From our pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists (or physiatrists) to our specialty-trained spine surgeons, our back, neck, and spine specialists are skilled in delivering a wide-range of back treatments, procedures, and surgical techniques for a number of back conditions and injuries. To learn more about our Spine Center, its international renown back doctors and the variety of conditions we manage at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we invite you to review our patient education resources, our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine on our website, or use the quick links below. 

If you are ready for an expert opinion on your back issue and to discuss your nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with one of our back doctors in our Spine Center, you can make an appointment online or call (818) 901-6600 or (661) 328-5565 for our Bakersfield location. We have convenient locations in Van Nuys, Bakersfield, Valencia, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Pasadena (Pediatric Orthopedics), Ridgecrest, Beverly Hills, and Porter Ranch. You may use our My Choice resource to help select the right specialist for you.