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Spine Care

Physical Medicine Institute

B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME

Interventional Orthopedic & Physical Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

Chronic pain in your back or neck may be a sign you have an underlying spine condition. At Physical Medicine Institute in Sherman Oaks, California, rehabilitation physician B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME, offers nonsurgical solutions, including interventional injection therapies and regenerative medicine, to relieve your pain and help you enjoy a higher quality of life. To schedule a spine care evaluation, call Physical Medicine Institute or request an appointment through the online booking system today.

Spine Care Q & A

Why would I need spine care?

The comprehensive spine care services available at Physical Medicine Institute focus on diagnosing and treating injuries and conditions that are common causes of chronic spine pain, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stress fracture
  • Nerve compression
  • Degenerative disc disease

These conditions can cause pain in your cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine. Without treatment, your pain can become severe, even debilitating. You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for back or neck pain that isn’t improving with rest and over-the-counter medications.

How is spine pain diagnosed?

To determine the underlying cause of your spine pain, Dr. Tabibian takes time to review your family and personal medical history, your symptoms, and general information about your lifestyle.

During a physical exam, Dr. Tabibian checks your spine to identify areas of swelling and tenderness. He may ask you to make certain movements with your spine to evaluate your range of motion and flexibility.

To confirm a herniated disc, stress fracture, or other spinal condition, you may need diagnostic imaging tests like an ultrasound. Physical Medicine Institute is fully equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound technology that uses sound waves to create visual images of your spinal structures.

Once Dr. Tabibian determines the root cause of your spine pain, he customizes a treatment plan to treat your pain and improve your spinal mobility.

How is spine pain treated?

If over-the-counter or prescription medicines aren’t enough to reduce inflammation or resolve your pain, Dr. Tabibian may recommend interventional injection therapies. He can inject a steroid and an anesthetic medication into your spine to directly treat the root cause of your pain.

For some spine conditions, including a herniated disc or osteoarthritis, Dr. Tabibian may recommend injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is found naturally in your blood and contains special growth factors that increase the speed and efficiency of healing in soft tissues.

To ensure injections go into the right location within your spine. Dr. Tabibian relies on the guidance of ultrasound technology. During your procedure, he watches the placement of the needle on a monitor to ensure the best outcome.

With interventional spine injections, you may notice an immediate reduction in your pain. Over time, inflammation and pain decrease and you enjoy an increase in the range of motion in your neck and back. 

Injections can also help you delay or avoid surgery, and they allow your body time to heal naturally.

If you’re limited by chronic neck or back pain, find out how interventional injections can help. You can schedule a spine care consultation by calling Physical Medicine Institute, or request an appointment online today.