Before you consider any treatment for your own back problems, keep the following fact in mind: Most people whose primary symptom is back pain improve in several days with minimal treatment. That’s why noninvasive treatment options should almost always be the first step in treatment. In fact, 90% of all cases involving back pain can be treated without surgery. The Spine Institute will always recommend the least invasive treatment option available, while still providing comprehensive care. When surgery does become necessary, our surgeons use only the most advanced technology and surgical techniques available, helping you avoid prolonged disruptions to your daily routine.
Surgical TreatmentsTypically, surgery should be considered only after non-invasive or minimally invasive methods have failed. Any decision about surgery requires careful evaluation because the type and timing of surgery depend on the severity of the disorder, the presence or absence of pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, how long the pain has been present, and past medical history.
Minimally InvasiveAlong-time treatment option for hip and knee surgery, minimally-invasive surgical techniques have recently become effective in treating spine conditions and disorders. Conditions such as sever herniated discs and kyphosis, which warranted major surgery in the past, can now be treated by techniques that require only minimal incisions. Aside from being highly successful, these methods reduce the risk of damage to nearby parts of the spine, which tends to shorten the recovery time, reduce pain, and allow a quicker return to your daily routine.
Pain ManagementTo combat the effects of chronic back and neck pain that have persisted despite non-invasive treatments, a physiatrist at the Spine Institute may elect to administer local anesthetics and steroids into the collection of nerves in the back. Acupuncture, another form of pain management, uses fine needles that may release endorphins in the body to make the patient feel better.
Non-InvasiveDoctors and patients can choose from many non-surgical options for treating back pain. In fact, only about five to ten percent of all spine problems are managed with surgery. Comprehensive rehabilitation and pain management play big roles in our treatment programs. You may find, for example, that rest and special back exercises help relieve your pain, or you may need a combination of medication and physical therapy.