Back Pain Specialist

Lindsey Ross, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Lindsey Ross, MD

Neurosurgeon & Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon located in Los Angeles, CA

Most people experience back pain in their life. This is often the result of straining a muscle or ligament. However, sometimes back pain comes from degeneration of the joints and discs of the spine and may last beyond an injury’s initial healing period. Neurosurgeon Lindsey Ross, MD, can significantly reduce your pain and restore your mobility focusing on nonoperative treatments, minimally invasive treatments, or even motion preservation surgery. Book your back pain treatment consultation by phone or online at her offices in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, or Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Pain is a common symptom that can happen in any region in your back. It often originates in your spine, where all of your nerves join your spinal cord. The nerves are then protected by strong muscles and the linking bones of your vertebrae. No matter the location of the pain, it can worsen with time and become an everyday nuisance. It might even affect your mobility and make your normal tasks more difficult to accomplish

Many injuries and conditions could potentially cause back pain. Some of them are acute, or short-term, and highly treatable with conservative treatments such as home therapies. Others, even acute injuries, can cause chronic pain and require a higher level of personalized clinical care. 

You might experience pain in your back because of:

  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Osteoporosis

Some degenerative diseases, like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, develop slowly and get progressively worse over time. Back injuries like herniated discs, muscle and ligament strains often happen suddenly, like when you lift a heavy object incorrectly.

Am I at risk for back pain?

Your risk for back pain gets higher as you age. Fortunately, there are several risk factors that you have more control over than your age and genetic predisposition to certain conditions. Your risk for back pain may be higher than average because of:

  • Excess body fat
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Work-related physical stresses

When you come in for support with back pain, Dr. Ross helps you adopt healthy habits to lower your risk of back pain. Addressing these issues can help ease your current back pain and, in many cases, improve your overall health.

Which treatments work for back pain?

Dr. Ross specializes in treating and managing back pain with non-operative techniques, state of the art spine surgical techniques including robotic surgery and artificial disc replacement Each treatment plan is unique and individualized, using advanced diagnostic techniques like X-ray imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to pinpoint the source of back pain. 

Your back pain treatment plan might involve:

Nonoperative treatments

Nonoperative treatments in your plan might include medications like pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and injections like epidurals, facet joint injections, or selective nerve root blocks. Dr. Ross might also recommend physical therapy and other strategies to help you make a full recovery.

Minimally invasive techniques

Dr. Ross may recommend minimally invasive treatments for your back pain. Minimally invasive spine surgery involves a small incision, slender tools, and a fluoroscope. There are many techniques available, and Dr. Ross tells you how your surgery works before you begin.

Motion preservation surgery

The goal of motion preservation surgery is to treat your condition and preserve your spine’s mobility in the process. It helps you avoid some of the complications of spinal fusion surgery for painful conditions like herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Ross offers artificial disc replacement as a motion preservation surgery option.

Cutting edge surgery

Dr. Ross is trained in the utilization of neuronavigation and robotics, which augment her surgical technique and improve accuracy and efficiency to provide the best care for her patients. Don’t let your back pain interfere with your quality of life. Call Lindsey Ross, MD, or book a consultation online for back pain treatment today.