Back Pain Specialist

Congress Orthopaedic Associates -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Congress Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

About 16 million adults live with activity-limiting, persistent back pain today. If you’re struggling with serious discomfort, Congress Orthopaedic Associates in Pasadena and Arcadia, California, provides the all-encompassing care you need. The world-class orthopedic specialists offer on-site physical therapy, pain management procedures, spine surgery, and other cutting-edge back pain solutions. For the most innovative high-quality care from compassionate experts, call the office nearest you or click the online scheduling tool now.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

As one of the most common types of chronic pain, back pain has many causes, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging disc
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched or compressed nerve
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Nerve compression
  • Trigger points - muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strain
  • Ligament strain
  • Scoliosis

Back pain is more common in middle age, usually starting at age 30-40, and you’re more likely to experience back pain if you’re overweight or physically inactive. Certain bad habits, like using your back muscles rather than your leg muscles to pick up and move heavy objects (“lifting with your back”), can significantly increase your risk for back injuries and pain.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Congress Orthopaedic Associates uses a variety of diagnostic procedures and tools to find the cause of back pain. After a hands-on spinal exam, you’ll typically have imaging tests in the state-of-the-art MRI center at the Pasadena or Arcadia office.  

How is back pain treated?

Back pain treatment may include:


You may need medication to manage back pain, but the goal is to treat the damage within your spine so you don’t have to rely upon medication long term. 

Physical therapy 

Congress Orthopaedic Associates has an on-site physical therapy practice where experienced therapists treat muscle, joint, ligament, nerve, and other issues that contribute to back pain. Physical therapy promotes a healthier spine while reducing pain and improving your range of motion. 


Congress Orthopaedic Associates performs spinal injections, including facet block injections, selected nerve root blocks, and epidural injections, in the Congress Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Pasadena, California. Injections can be very effective for pain relief, but they’re not a permanent solution. You can typically repeat injections a few times a year if they work well for you.


If you’ve tried a comprehensive back pain management plan, including physical therapy and nonsurgical treatments, for 6-12 months without success, spine surgery may be the best option for you.  Congress Orthopaedic Associates performs procedures, including single-level discectomy, laminectomy, and cervical fusion, in their surgery center. 

Usually, back pain treatment works best when it includes both physical therapy and other measures. 

Congress Orthopaedic Associates can help with any type of back pain, even if you’ve had poor results from other treatments. Call the office nearest you or click the booking tool to arrange your appointment now.