A lower back operation can reduce or entirely eliminate the lumbar back pain that plagues so many people. The lower back is especially vulnerable to injury because it supports much of our body weight and is heavily involved when we twist, turn, bend or arch our backs. As a result, the lumbar region of the spinal canal sustains wear and damage, resulting in painful conditions like bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and lumbar foraminal stenosis. While a lower back operation can be effective in treating these conditions, physicians recommend that conservative treatment options are tried before surgery.
A physical therapy routine can help restore strength and flexibility to the muscles and ligaments surrounding your spine so that painful spinal pressure can be relieved. Mild exercise, combined with periods of rest, can also help the lower back stay healthy. Taking over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including muscle relaxants, narcotic pain medications, oral steroids and acetaminophen, can also relieve symptoms. If oral medications do not prove effective, your physician may suggest steroid injections. Commonly known as an epidural injection because the injection is delivered in the epidural space (the outermost part of the spinal canal), a steroid injection can help to relieve spine pain for short periods of time, which may be helpful if you need relief while trying to embark on a physical therapy routine.
For many, these conservative treatments are effective. However, if you do not find relief with these techniques, a lower back operation may be your only option. Let the experts at Laser Spine Institute introduce you to minimally invasive procedures that can help you find relief from pain. Our outpatient surgeries may be the right course of action for you. Contact us today for your MRI review to learn if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.