Spinal Pain Specialist

Joseph Cabaret, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Addiction Medicine Specialist located in Camarillo, CA

Your spine is a complex system and, when you have pain, it can be hard to get to the cause. Joseph A. Cabaret, MD, in Camarillo, California, is an interventional pain specialist who has been treating people with chronic pain for over 26 years. If you’re looking for solutions to your neck, low back, or spinal pain, call Dr. Cabaret today or schedule an appointment online.

Spinal Pain Q & A

What types of spinal pain are there?

The spine is a strong, flexible structure made up of bones, ligaments and tendons, muscles, and sensitive nerves. Spinal pain occurs in four primary regions:

Neck or cervical spine

Your neck, or cervical spine, supports your head and contains seven vertebrae that protect the nerves running to the rest of the body from your brain. Sprained or strained muscles, ligaments, or tendons often cause neck pain.

Upper back or thoracic spine

The thoracic spine’s 12 vertebrae are between the neck and the lower back. The thoracic spine isn’t as flexible because it connects to the rib cage, and injuries to the upper back are often because of irritation to the shoulder and back muscles or joints.

Lower back or lumbar spine

Although it only has five vertebrae, the lumbar spine carries the weight of the torso and is prone to injury. Muscle, ligament, tendon, or joint problems typically cause lower back pain.

Bottom spine or sacral region

The sacrum is a bone that lies below the lumbar spine, and connects the base of the spine to the pelvis. This triangle-shaped bone sits between the back halves of the pelvis.

What causes back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain worldwide. Some of its many causes include:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament or muscle strain
  • Fractures resulting from osteoporosis
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Injury or trauma
  • Some types of cancer

While anyone can develop back pain, some factors increase your risk, such as a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, being older, and improper lifting. Psychological conditions and emotional stress can also lead to back pain.

How is back pain treated?

Dr. Cabaret is an expert in pain management and offers several treatment solutions for all types of pain, including back pain.

Interventional pain management is designed to deliver treatments directly to the source of your back pain to provide fast relief. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, a few examples of Dr. Cabaret’s interventional pain management techniques include:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lumbar and cervical facet injections and ablations
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Platelet-rich plasma treatments

Dr. Cabaret also uses a whole-person approach to managing your care. This practice looks beyond the physical issues causing your back pain and leverages therapeutic techniques to restore your health. These may include a combination of several types of holistic therapies such as massage, acupuncture, talk therapy, and more.

If you’d like Dr. Cabaret to work with you to develop an individualized, comprehensive pain management plan for your back pain, call his office or schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking tool.