Back Pain Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

Whether you have an annoying muscle twinge or back pain that's so severe you can hardly move, chiropractic treatment is one of the best ways to resolve your discomfort quickly. Victor Rafa, DC, and Rona Palompo, DPT, at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, can help you recover from back pain using expert chiropractic techniques, supported by a range of therapies from acupuncture to massage therapy, and cold laser treatment to spinal decompression. Call their office today to find out more or use the online form to book an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is sometimes due to congenital disorders (problems you're born with) like scoliosis. More often, back pain is a result of an acute injury, or it develops slowly over time. Back pain arising from an acute injury involves damage to the connective tissues and muscles, spinal discs, or vertebrae that make up your spine. Common causes include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Using incorrect lifting techniques
  • Exceeding your physical fitness
  • Making sudden, awkward movements
  • Falling or tripping
  • Auto/personal injury 

Back pain arising from tissue deterioration could be due to:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Both acute and progressive back problems frequently cause nerve pain or radiculopathy. This happens when there's nerve compression on your spinal cord or the nerves exiting your spinal canal through the vertebrae.

Sciatica is an example of this problem. A herniated disc or a thickened ligament starts pressing on the sciatic nerve, causing a shooting pain that travels down one leg.

What should I do if I have back pain?

If you have back pain, you should stop doing the activities that caused or worsened the pain, and contact Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. They can advise you on the right way to rest and how to treat mild sprains with gentle exercise and hot and cold compresses.

If your back pain is severe, or milder pain isn't relenting, the Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. team offers a comprehensive range of treatments for all types of musculoskeletal back pain. They create a personalized treatment plan to suit your specific needs.

How is back pain treated?

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. provides effective, nonsurgical treatments that use your body's natural abilities to heal rather than giving you medications that merely mask your symptoms.

The primary treatment for back pain is chiropractic adjustment. This involves the expert realignment of your vertebrae to address the source of your back pain. Misaligned vertebrae (subluxations) are at the root of many types of back pain.

Your provider might use the diversified manual technique, DRX9000® spinal decompression, or drop table methods to realign your vertebrae and release pressure on your discs, nerves, and facet joints.

Other possible treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Electrostimulation
  • Spinal decompression
  • Regenerative medicine therapies
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Massage therapy


The team can also help you avoid back pain in the future by giving you the knowledge you need to take proper care of your back.

For fast and effective relief of back pain, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. today or book an appointment online.