Back & Spine Surgery Specialists Serving the Greater Washington, DC Area
With surgical centers in Tampa, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Scottsdale, Laser Spine Institute is prepared to help neck and back pain sufferers across the country and around the world. Spine surgery can provide relief from a variety of degenerative spine conditions, but if you’re suffering from prolonged neck or back pain in the Washington, D.C. area or anywhere else in the country, it is important to ensure you have exhausted all of your other treatment options before undergoing an invasive open spine surgery. One option you may want to consider is Laser Spine Institute and our outpatient endoscopic procedures, which are safe and effective alternatives to open back surgery. No matter where in the United States you’re located, our expert team is here to provide you with more information about our procedures.
What Conditions May Cause Neck or Back Pain
Spine specialists may suggest surgery to treat:
- Herniated disc – intervertebral discs that pad the spine weaken to the point that tears develop and the disc material extrudes into the spinal column.
- Facet disease – the inflammation of the facet joints, which are the joints that interlock adjacent vertebrae.
- Bone spurs – growths of bone that develop as a result of bone-on-bone contact. These growths commonly accompany arthritis.
- Spinal stenosis – the gradual narrowing of the spinal canal as a result of bone spurs, muscle inflammation, bulging discs, and other anatomical disorders. Stenosis results in pain when the spinal cord or nerve roots become compressed.
- Spondylolisthesis – occurs when one vertebra shifts out of position in the spinal column.
- Sciatica – the term sciatica is used to refer to the compression of the sciatic nerve. Decompression surgery may be completed to alleviate pressure on the nerve.
The important thing to remember is that regardless of your condition, spine surgery is almost always considered a last resort. In most cases, spine doctors will attempt to manage your symptoms with a series of conservative treatments. In the event that you do not find the pain relief you require after several weeks of this course of treatment, a spine surgeon may recommend you consider back surgery to address your condition.
A Laser Alterative
If you are considering an invasive procedure to treat your degenerative spine condition in Washington, D.C., contact Laser Spine Institute to meet with an orthopedic surgeon at our regional surgical center in Philadelphia. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are an alternative to open spine surgery and can provide you with the pain relief you require, without the obvious downsides that typically accompany open spine surgery. To learn more about our services and to request a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today.