Back Pain

Health Atlast -  - Integrative Medicine

Health Atlast

Integrative Medicine located in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, Fountain Valley & Costa Mesa, CA

Did you know that back pain is among the leading causes of lost time from work and school? If you’re plagued with persistent back pain and want a solution that doesn’t rely on surgery or pharmaceuticals, the team at Health Atlast can help. With offices in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa, California, there’s one near you. Book an appointment today by calling or using the online scheduling function.

Back Pain Q & A

What Does Back Pain Feel Like?

Everyone has a unique experience with back pain, and you’ll even find that your pain differs over time and from one event to the next. Some of the words used to describe back pain include:

  • Throbbing
  • Stabbing
  • Aching
  • Stinging
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning


Back pain can be acute (coming on suddenly) or chronic (persisting over time) and can range in severity from a nagging ache to incapacitating pain. Your pain can be occasional or nearly constant and might lessen depending on your position.

When Should I Go to the Doctor for Back Pain?

Occasional back pain is a normal part of life, and virtually everyone will experience back pain at one point or another. Most cases will improve with a few days of rest and self-care.

You know your body better than anyone, and you know when something is wrong. When back pain begins to get in the way of your normal daily routines, it’s time to call Health Atlast to schedule a diagnostic exam.

If back pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, schedule a visit right away to check for serious medical conditions:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Inflammation or swelling
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Numbness in your genitals, anus, or buttocks
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pain that radiates down your legs


Many sources of back pain can be treated to avoid serious complications, but taking quick action is important.

What are Some Common Causes of Back Pain?

Your back performs a wide variety of tasks each and every day, so it should come as no surprise that there is a wide range of potential causes of back pain. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Muscle strain
  • Disc degeneration
  • Ligament strains
  • Ruptured or bulging discs
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Shingles
  • Infections
  • Certain cancers


Spinal misalignment is also a common cause of back pain. When the many sections of your spine aren’t properly aligned, pressure can be placed on your nerves, causing widespread pain.

How is Back Pain Treated?

Chiropractic adjustments can do wonders for back pain. Your practitioner uses time-honored hands-on techniques to gently maneuver your spine into its best alignment. You can find relief after just one visit, but several treatments will give you the best possible results.

Additional treatments include therapeutic massage, targeted stretching, physical therapy, yoga and Pilates, and even acupuncture. To explore these and other treatments, schedule a visit with Health Atlast today, online or over the phone.