Back Pain

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Back pain is the 2nd most common pain-related reason people visit their doctor. There are hundreds if not thousands of treatments, but which one is right for you? You might try to avoid certain movements, rest up, or just deal with it, but you shouldn’t have to live with back pain. Experienced physician and pain management specialist Jonathan Levin, MD, knows the disruptive effects that back pain can have on your daily life and sleep and offers a range of valuable solutions at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles. Dr. Levin won’t stop until he’s discovered what’s causing your pain and the fastest and most convenient ways to give you the relief you deserve. Book an appointment online or call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain might be caused by:

  • Arthritis and inflammatory arthritic conditions
  • Herniated discs
  • Bursitis
  • Muscle strain
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Injuries to the joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons
  • Stress

If you have pain in your shoulders and upper back, you might also experience pain in your neck, and vice versa. Even the simplest minor movements can damage your back if you have particularly weakened or damaged joints or muscles.

Muscle strains

Overuse and overexertion can lead to strained and tightened back muscles and pain that can radiate up through your shoulders and down to your hips and legs.

Nerve compression

Herniated discs, bone spurs, and certain other problems can put pressure on your nerves. Nerve compression is usually painful.


Accidents and injuries can damage your back, strain your muscles, limit your mobility, compress your nerves, and more.


Certain diseases can cause back pain, including meningitis, cancer, and certain arthritic and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Worn joints

Over time and due to natural aging, your joints can become weakened and worn down. This can also happen as a result of degenerative and progressive diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

When should I get professional medical treatments for my back pain?

You should visit L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group if you have:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth or tenderness in your back
  • Acute or chronic low back pain

It’s important you book an appointment at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group as soon as you can if your pain is disrupting your daily life, negatively affecting your quality of life, and impairing your physical function.

How is back pain treated?

Dr. Levin decides the best treatments for you depending on the cause and severity of your back pain and your personal health, preferences, and concerns. 

Proven and successful treatments are available at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group to reduce your inflammation, accelerate healing, and decrease your back pain, including:

  • OrthoPulse® shock wave therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Epidural injection
  • Facet injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Cold or heat therapy
  • Posture evaluation
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Dry needling
  • Trigger point injections
  • Intradiscal techniques
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

Shock wave therapy

Shock wave therapy involves using sound waves to trigger biological effects that can accelerate and promote improved blood supply, healing, as well as cell and tissue regeneration.

Dr. Levin might also recommend weight loss when necessary and help you evaluate what else might be making your back pain worse.

Find out what’s causing your pain and use innovative treatments to feel better at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group. Call or click to schedule today.