Dr. Root and Dr. Villanueva at
Innovative Pain and Spine Physicians

treat pain caused by previous injuries (mechanical, work, sports, etc.), degenerative changes of the bones/joints, spinal cord problems, headaches of various etiologies, cancer and other chronic diseases. The most common problems for which patients are referred to us include:

Back Pain

Back pain includes lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain or low back pain with sciatica. Nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can result in back pain. Back pain symptoms may be relived with pain medication or pain killers.

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Low Back Pain

Low back pain refers to pain that you feel in your lower back. You may also have back stiffness, decreased movement of the lower back, and difficulty standing straight.

Low back pain that is long-term is called chronic low back pain.

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Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

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Spinal Stenosis

Stenosis results when bone spurs narrow the foramen or spinal canal. This puts pressure on nerves, causing pain. Spinal Stenosis pain can be treated by Dr. Root and Dr. Villanueva, contact them for help!

Herniated Disc

Wear and tear on a disk in the spine can cause the disk to weaken and push outward – or herniate – and then press on nearby nerves. A contained herniated disk means the soft nucleus is protruding outward. An extruded herniated disk means the firm annulus has torn, letting the soft center squeeze through.

Discogenic Disease

Discs naturally degenerate over a lifetime. However, for some people, the aging process becomes more dramatic, causing severe low back or neck pain and consequently interfering with their quality of life.

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

These are spinal conditions treated by Dr. Root and Dr. Villanueva. Spondylolysis is a defect in the back part of a vertebra in the spine. Spondylolisthesis is the slipping forward of a vertebra in the spine. Spondylolisthesis is often caused by spondylolysis.

Facet Arthropathy

This is a painful condition caused by degenerative arthritis that affects the facet joints in the spine. This can be caused by wear and tear, previous back injury, fractures, torn ligaments or other disc problems.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

This is an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or leg that develops after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. With early treatment, improvement and even remission may be possible.

Symptoms include:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain in the arm, leg, hand or foot
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling of the painful area
  • Changes in skin temperature (sweaty and then cold)
  • Changes in skin color (white and mottled to red or blue)
  • Changes in skin texture (tender, thin or shiny)
  • Changes in hair and nail growth
  • Decreased ability to move the affected body part
  • Spondylosis (Osteoarthritis)

When the cartilage that protects and cushions the joints breaks down, the bones rub against each other, resulting in damage to the tissue and bone and chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and most often affects the spine, fingers, thumbs, hips, knees or toes.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain that usually is related to activity of the joint
  • With progression, pain is present even during rest
  • Stiffness
  • Limited motion of the joint
  • Tenderness and occasional swelling
  • Enlargement of joints (bony knuckles)
  • Grinding sensation with movement
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

After the removal of a piece of bone in the spine (laminectomy), sciatica pain still may exist. Other symptoms, such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness also may be present. This group of symptoms after removing the lamina is called a post-laminectomy syndrome.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where you cannot feel pain in your feet. Lack of feeling in your feet may lead to injury without knowing or sensing it.

Sacroiliac and Other Joint Pain

The sacroiliac joints are formed by the connection of the sacrum (the lower portion of the spine, below the lumbar spine) and the right and left iliac bones that make up the pelvis. These joints need to support the entire weight of the upper body when we are erect, which places a large amount of stress across them. This can lead to wearing of the cartilage of the sacroiliac joints and arthritis. The most common symptom of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is pain in the lower back, the back of the hips or in the groin and thighs.

Neck Pain

Your neck is made up of seven vertebral bones. These bones, which are supported by tendons and muscles, are separated and cushioned by intervertebral disks. Nerves that go to the muscles of your upper back and neck extend between the spaces in your spine.

Poor posture, arthritis, injury, or the wear and tear of age can all lead to chronic neck pain.

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Shingles Pain

Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The first sign of shingles is usually pain, burning, tingling, or itching on one part of your face or body. A red rash with small blisters appears most commonly on the back, chest or abdomen. Are you suffering from shingles? Dr. Root and Dr. Villanueva can help!

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Address: 2121 W. Magnolia Blvd.
, CA 91506


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