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There are many causes of back pain – an estimated 80% of all people experience back pain at some point in their lives. The upper (thoracic) and lower (lumbar) spine can contribute to back pain, often due to irritation of the nerves in and around the spinal column. If you have neurological back pain, treatment is available at DOCS Health. We offer advanced treatments for thoracic and lumbar back pain at our medical center in Los Angeles, CA.

Thoracic Back Pain

The thoracic spine begins at the base of the neck and extends down past the ribcage. It is the largest section of the back with 12 vertebrae, where the lumbar spine only has 5-6 vertebrae. While lumbar back pain is more common, neurological thoracic back pain can occur due to many different conditions. These include:

  • Spine injuries
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebrae or spinal infections
  • Scoliosis

These conditions can cause neurological pain, which can be different to treat versus structural back pain. While all pain is felt through the nervous system, structural thoracic pain is caused by a damaged component, which can be repaired. Our neurospine surgeons can offer treatment for both neurological and structural thoracic back pain at our clinic in Beverly Hills.

Lumbar Back Pain

While the lumbar spine is smaller than the thoracic, it is more likely to be a source of pain. The stress on the lower spine from sitting, bending, lifting and walking can cause a myriad of possible conditions that cause low back pain. The nerve roots exiting the lumbar spine can become irritated, resulting in chronic back pain, sciatica and other pain conditions.

Our team at DOCS Health utilizes cutting-edge imaging and diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose the source of structural and neurological lumbar back pain. We focus on conservative or interventional pain treatments whenever possible before considering more invasive treatments or surgeries. Treatments for back pain depend on the location and cause of the pain but may include injection therapy, spinal cord stimulation and other interventional treatments.

If you are experiencing acute or chronic back pain, treatment is available through DOCS Health. Contact our medical center in LA to schedule your neurological back pain consultation.