It is considered chronic back pain when pain has been present for more than six months.The pain can develop anywhere from the neck to the lower spine and radiate from a central point. While most back pain is caused by muscle strain, injury or spinal deformity, it can also be caused by systemic or rheutmati disease.

If you are suffering from debilitating pain caused by a chronic back injury, top US neurosurgeon Burak Ozgur, MD can help with the use of a wide range of minimally invasive treatments to relieve your chronic back pain and help you reclaim your active life- usually without the need for invasive or major spinal surgery.


Cause of chronic back pain may be difficult to identify since it can originate in soft tissue, bone, discs or nerves. Heavy smokers, people who work at places that require repetitive or heavy lifting or involve vibration from vehicles or industrial machinery are more likely to develop low back pain. Certain sports, like cross-country skiing, or driving a vehicle for a long time can also cause back pain.

In addition, diseases such as spinal osteoarthritis, spondylitis and compression fractures can also cause pain, some of which are more prevalent in the elderly. Seniors are at higher risk for chronic back pain.


Burak Ozgur, MD needs to decide if the pain comes from bones, muscles, nerves or an organ. He will take a careful history and perform necessary physical examination. Injecting an anesthetic or a steroid or both into the soft tissue or joint spaces can help to both diagnose and treat back pain. Imaging procedures such as X-rays, bone scans, computerized tomography (CAT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help identify where the pain is coming.


Pain relievers, such as aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often the only treatment needed for back pain. Patients should avoid any activity that makes the pain worse. If the pain doesn’t go away, additional consultations may be needed so that treatment can be directed at the specific cause of pain.

Sometimes, such as after back surgery a mechanical back supports may be recommended for a limited time. Injections with local anesthetics and steroids can also help alleviate the pain. When other types of treatment don’t work, surgery can be helpful, such well as physical and occupational therapy.

Best Neurosurgeon for Chronic Back Pain In Irvine, Southern California

Leading U.S. neurosurgeon Burak Ozgur, MD is at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical treatment for chronic back pain. His achievements have earned him a double-board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgery. He has been recognized for his excellence, in-depth knowledge and expertise in this specialty by reputable healthcare rating resources, including the five consecutive Super Doctors for Neurological Surgery (2013-2016) in Southern California and the 2013 Most Compassionate Doctor, an patient-driven award that is bestowed only to 5 percent of the nation’s 870,000 active medical practitioners. He diagnoses and treats chronic back disease and other types of spine conditions such as scoliosis, chronic back pain, neck pain and more using these highly-advanced and minimal access techniques.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease

With minimally invasive spine surgery for degenerative disc disease, Dr. Ozgur can make a smaller incision, while at the same time accomplish identical results as open spine surgery. Compared to conventional or open surgery, minimally invasive surgical techniques require minimal surgical incisions, which is less damaging to the other vital soft tissue structures and decreasing the recovery time for patients. Affected area of the vertebrae or spine can be access with acute accuracy using surgical cameras and tools.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Smaller incisions
  • Smaller scar/less scar tissue
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced post-operative pain
  • Minimal soft tissue damage
  • Reduced muscle retraction
  • Decreased postoperative narcotics
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Possibility of performing on outpatient basis
  • Faster recovery
  • Quick return to work and resumption of normal activities

We Can Help

Burak Ozgur, MD treats painful degenerative disc disease with minimally invasive spine surgery, which is designed to help you find relief from pain. Learn more about our minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.