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Lower Back Pain Santa Monica, CA

One of the most common ailments among adults is lower back pain. This ailment affects millions of adults between the ages of 30 and 50, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). In fact, 80% of American adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. It accounts for the most missed workdays and is one of the leading job-related disabilities.

Lower back pain has a variety of causes. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Nerve irritation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pulled or strained muscles
  • Slipped or herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

The pain caused by these conditions varies as well. Back muscles can ache or throb. Sometimes there are shooting or stabbing pains. Nerve irritation can cause pain to radiate down your leg. Strained muscles can make bending, lifting, standing and walking painful.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Lower Back Pain

Back pain often goes away on its own without much more than rest and over-the-counter pain relievers. If it lingers and does not improve, a trip to the doctor may be necessary. Occasionally, back pain is due to a serious medical condition. In these instances, an immediate trip to the doctor is warranted. This is the case if:

  • Back pain is accompanied by new bowel or bladder problems
  • You have a fever with your back pain
  • You sustained an injury following a fall or if you had a blow to the back

You should also notify your doctor if your back pain is severe and not improving within a few weeks. If the pain moves down your leg and extends below your knee, you should be seen by a doctor. Unexplained weight loss and lingering back pain should be checked out by your doctor.

Lower back pain is very common, but it can also be a symptom of a serious health condition. Get relief from your back pain with a visit to Dr. Michael. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Our Patient Reviews

Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

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