Laser Spine Institute is serving patients from the greater Washington, D.C., area
Before Paul G. had back pain, he felt young and invincible. Once the pain started, he realized how bad it was when he couldn’t be active or play with his kids. He traveled to Laser Spine Institute from his home in Washington, D.C., for minimally invasive back surgery. “My experience was awesome,” he said.
With surgery centers located throughout the United States, Laser Spine Institute is prepared to help those who experience chronic neck and back pain across the country and around the world. Spine surgery can provide relief from a variety of degenerative spine conditions, but if you have prolonged neck or back pain, 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 minimally invasive outpatient procedures, which are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^ No matter where 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
As we age, there is a greater chance that spinal degeneration can result in chronic pain and other symptoms that affect quality of life. In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended to address degenerative spine conditions. Spine specialists may suggest surgery to treat the following conditions:
- Herniated disc — spinal 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 degeneration. Spinal stenosis causes pain when the spinal cord or nerve roots become compressed
- Spondylolisthesis — occurs when one vertebra shifts out of position in the spinal column
- Sciatica — refers to the compression of the sciatic nerve that causes pain and other symptoms in the lower body
The important thing to remember is that regardless of your condition, spine surgery is almost always considered a last resort. In most cases, spine specialists 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 minimally invasive alternative
Our minimally invasive outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery and do not require a lengthy recovery period.^ To learn more about our procedures, and to request a free MRI review,* contact Laser Spine Institute today. This over-the-phone review will help us determine if you could be a candidate for our procedures.