Silicon Valley Pain Management -  - Pain Management Specialist

Asmina Khan, MD

Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in San Jose, CA

Back Pain Specialist

Everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives. When it starts to interfere with day-to-day activities, professional treatment should be sought out before it gets worse. Dr. Khan at Silicon Valley Pain Management in San Jose, California offers conservative and minimally invasive treatment options for patients suffering from back pain.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can come about for many different reasons. The most common reason back pain flares up is due to improper body mechanics during lifting such as bending at the waist, instead of the knees. Another common reason for back pain to develop is poor posture. This can occur when you sit for long periods of time hunched over, or you slouch when standing. Work-related injury can be another reason for back pain. Once the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in your back are strained or damaged, they become more likely to receive damage again later.

What are some common types of back pain?

Sometimes back pain signifies a disease or injury to the structural components of the back. It is also possible that other parts of the body may be responsible for the back pain. When this happens, it is called referred pain. Dr. Khan can uncover the underlying cause of the back pain based on the anatomic component involved, such as:

Musculoskeletal pain – this generally originates within the muscles and around the spine. Some examples of this type of pain can include sports injuries and conditions like fibromyalgia or myofascial pain.

Skeletal pain – the result of noninfectious inflammation of the spine or infections of the spine. Skeletal pain can also be the result of fractures in the spine like compression fractures or tumors of the skeletal system. Other types of back pain include:

  • Inflammation resulting from the muscles and ligaments being stretched beyond normal capacity.
  • Osteoarthritis also called degenerative joint disease, is a painful and disabling condition.
  • Sciatic nerve pain, sometimes called sciatica, occurs because of the sciatic nerve being pinched by a herniated disc or osteoarthritic bone spur.
  • Herniated, or ruptured, discs.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Dr. Khan treats each patient as an individual and focuses on treating the underlying conditions as well as the symptoms. This starts with a thorough evaluation to find the most effective and comfortable treatment for back and spine wellness.

Treatments for low back pain include medical acupuncture, dry needling and a variety of injections depending on the diagnosis.  

In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Khan also treats low back pain with lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, radio-frequency lesioning, trigger point injections, Botox trigger point injections, and sacroiliac joint injections.


We Accept Insurance

We accept Medicare, Insurance PPO Plans, and Workers' Compensation. We also have an option for self-pay for services for patients without insurance . Please call our office if you have any questions.

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Silicon Valley Pain Management
4986 Cherry Avenue
San Jose, CA 95118
Phone: 408-645-6760
Fax: (408) 384-5121
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