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Low Back Conditions Specialist

Jeff Pan, MD

Neurosurgery & Spine Specialist located in Edison, NJ

Your lower back supports most of your upper body weight and is a common source of pain. Though low back conditions may resolve on their own within a few weeks, some conditions are the result of chronic problems that affect the structure of your lumbar spine. Jeff Pan, MD, in Edison, New Jersey, is an experienced neurosurgeon who takes an integrative approach to the treatment of low back conditions. To schedule a consultation, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Low Back Conditions Q&A

What are low back conditions?

Low back pain is common and affects the majority of people at some point during their life. There are many low back conditions that cause pain, including:

Isthmic spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra moves forward and over the vertebra below. Isthmic spondylolisthesis is the most common type of spondylolisthesis and occurs from a genetic condition that affects bone formation. 

Degenerative spondylolisthesis

Degenerative spondylolisthesis occurs from the degenerative changes that affect the structure of your low back, which may then cause the vertebrae joints to slip forward. 

Low back sprains and strains

Many people develop low back pain after they engage in strenuous physical activity that causes sprains and strains. 

Lumbar stenosis

Lumbar stenosis means there‚Äôs a narrowing of the space in your spinal canal, which may compress the spinal cord or cause pinched nerves. 

Lumbar disc herniation

An intervertebral disc separates each vertebra in your lumbar spine. A lumbar disc herniation occurs when the gel-like center of the disc breaks through the tough exterior, which may then compress your spinal canal or nerves. 

Lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD)

As you get older, the intervertebral discs that cushion your vertebrae dry out and shrink. These changes affect the structure of your spine, which may cause nerve impingement, inflammation, and pain. 

Lumbar radiculopathy

Lumbar radiculopathy, or sciatica, is compression of a nerve root in the lumbar spine. 

Spinal tumors

Spinal tumors are abnormal growths that develop in or around your spine. 

How are low back conditions diagnosed?

When you visit Dr. Pan for a low back condition evaluation, he conducts an in-depth clinical exam to reach a diagnosis.

During your exam, he asks detailed questions about your symptoms, reviews your medical and family history, and performs a physical exam. 

To confirm or rule out a low back condition, Dr. Pan may request X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. You may also need nerve conduction studies if you have symptoms that suggest nerve damage, such as numbness or tingling in your legs. 

How are low back conditions treated?

Dr. Pan takes an integrative and conservative approach to low back conditions. Before discussing surgical interventions, he may first recommend a non-surgical approach to treat your low back condition, such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory or pain medication
  • Spinal injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercise program

If your low back condition fails to improve with medical treatments or your condition worsens, then Dr. Pan may recommend surgery.

Dr. Pan is an experienced neurosurgeon and uses the latest technology in spinal instrumentation to perform low back procedures. Surgical options may range from minimally invasive spine surgery for artificial disc placement to lumbar fusion or spinal decompression to complex spinal reconstruction. 

For a comprehensive approach to your low back condition, call the office of Jeff Pan, MD, or book an appointment online today.