Back Pain Specialist

Advanced Pain Management

Anuj Gupta, M.D.

Pain Management Physician & Anesthesiology located in Vista, CA

Back pain commonly affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. If this statistic includes you, and your pain doesn’t subside on its own, board-certified Anuj Gupta, MD, and his experienced pain management team offer solutions at Advanced Pain Management in Vista, California. They use injections, physical therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), radiofrequency neurotomy, and minimally invasive procedures to reduce discomfort and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Pain Management over the phone or online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is a feeling of discomfort in any area of your back. It might present as:

  • Muscle aches
  • Stabbing or shooting pain
  • Stiffness
  • Radiating pain down your leg
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Pain in your upper, mid, or lower back
  • Long-lasting discomfort
  • Pain with moving, standing, bending, or walking

Back pain may subside with reclining. It might come and go, get better on its own over time, or linger long-term. Dr. Gupta and his team offer you relief from long-lasting or severe back pain.

What causes back pain?

Back pain can result from a car accident, sports injury, fall, or chronic disease. You might experience back pain from:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle or ligament strains
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Other skeletal abnormalities
  • Nerve compression
  • Fractures

To diagnose the cause of back pain and its severity, Dr. Gupta and his team review your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and may suggest blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to make a final diagnosis.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Your personalized back pain treatment plan is based on the severity of the pain, its cause, and your preferences. Dr. Gupta might recommend one or more of the following back pain solutions:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can improve strength and flexibility to achieve natural back pain relief. It also helps prevent future discomfort.

Radiofrequency neurotomy

During radiofrequency neurotomy, Dr. Gupta and his team insert a tiny needle into painful areas to emit radiofrequency energy and heat nerve tissues responsible for pain signals.


Steroid, anesthetic, and nerve block injections help reduce discomfort and inflammation associated with back pain or diminish nerve impulses that send pain signals to your brain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use platelets from your own blood to enhance your body’s natural healing response. 

Spinal cord stimulation 

During spinal cord stimulation, Dr. Gupta inserts a tiny pacemaker-like device into your spine. It sends electrical impulses to your spinal cord to mask pain signals.

Percutaneous discectomy

Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure Dr. Gupta offers to remove a herniated disc that places pressure on nerves.

The Advanced Pain Management team recommends the least invasive back pain options first, but understands the importance of minimally invasive procedures to help you achieve long-lasting relief. 

Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to find out which back pain treatment is right for you.