Back Pain Specialist

Kyung Cho, MD -  - Board Certified Neurologist

JKC Neurology Medical Group

Kyung Cho, MD

Board Certified Neurologist & Headache Specialist located in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

Back pain might strike suddenly or creep up gradually, but either way, the result can be severe discomfort and disability. If you're suffering from back pain, board-certified neurologist Kyung Cho, MD, of JKC Neurology Medical Group can help. At their practice in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Dr. Cho and his team use state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies and advanced forms of treatment to resolve many of the causes of back pain. Call JKC Neurology Medical Group today to schedule a consultation, or book online.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is a result of damage or deterioration in your spine and the tissues surrounding it.

Your spine is a column of vertebrae linked by facet joints and ligaments. It travels the length of your back from your neck (cervical spine) into your upper back (thoracic spine) and then your lower back (lumbar spine).

Inside your spinal column is your spinal cord, which along with your brain, makes up your central nervous system. This complex structure consists of a main trunk of nerves from which all the other nerves around your body extend.

Any of these structures could be responsible for your back pain. Common back problems include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

Many of these conditions cause back pain because the nerves exiting your spinal column are damaged or squashed by the structures around them. This is known as radiculopathy; sciatica is one of the most common examples.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Your JKC Neurology Medical Group provider performs a thorough physical examination at your consultation to assess the nature of your pain. They also go through your medical history and talk to you about your symptoms.

After the exam, you might need to undergo tests to confirm or rule out potential diagnoses. These tests might include X-rays, a CT or PET scan, and nerve conduction velocity tests combined with an electromyogram (EMG).

How is back pain treated?

Initial treatments for most causes of back pain are conservative. Your provider might include a selection of therapies in your treatment plan, such as:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Anti-convulsant medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections

Back pain usually responds well to these approaches, alongside the appropriate balance of rest and gentle exercise. However, some patients find they continue to experience back pain despite following their treatment program.

One option for these patients is radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat to damage the nerves in your back that are causing the pain. Another option is an implantable device called a spinal cord stimulator that could help with treatment-resistant back pain from nerve damage.

If you have vertebral compression fractures because of osteoporosis, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty can help to stabilize your spine.

Do I need surgery for back pain?

Several minimally invasive procedures could benefit you if your back pain isn't responding to nonsurgical methods. These include:

  • Laminectomy
  • Interlaminar implant
  • Spinal fusion
  • Foraminotomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Disc replacement

For an expert approach to treating your back pain, call JKC Neurology Medical Group today or book an appointment online.

General and Specialty Neurology Clinical Programs

JKC Headache and Migraine Clinic

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 

Epilepsy

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Fellowship in UCLA/VA for epilepsy/neurophysiology

 

Dementia Clinic

Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Services available for:
Home Care
Hospice Care

 

General Neurology Clinic

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM