West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach, Florida, patients travel to Tampa, Florida, to visit the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery
Martha P., from West Palm Beach, Florida, experienced chronic lower back pain before deciding to travel to Laser Spine Institute for minimally invasive surgery. “I considered this institution a miracle place after surgery. I can walk and feel no pain, which I suffered for more than three years,” she said. “I strongly recommend this magnificent place to anybody who wants to be happy like me and my husband.”
Martha got her life back after her minimally invasive outpatient procedure, and you can, too. The team at Laser Spine Institute’s surgery centers believes that patient education and spine surgeon-patient communication is imperative to any treatment process. And, while we’re proud of the effective minimally invasive back surgery options that we have perfected, we also want to make sure that our patients have first been informed of all the treatment options available.
The decision to have back surgery can be very hard to make, especially if your neck or back pain has become severe. You want to relieve yourself of the chronic discomfort that threatens to diminish your daily quality of life, but you also want to make an informed decision about which procedure to have, which spine surgeon to use and how long the recovery process will take.
Below are a few options for temporary, conservative pain relief that patients may be able to try before they arrive at the decision to undergo back surgery:
• Physical therapy – mild stretching, muscle-building, and exercises aimed at helping increase mobility. Any gentle movements that involve lengthening, rounding, arching, or straightening the spine can be useful, as long as they’re approved for the patient by a physician and/or licensed physical therapist.
• Steroid injections – 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 as an alternative to spine surgery.
• Pain and anti-inflammatory medications – over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, or a combination of both. Possible options may include muscle relaxants, narcotic pain medications, oral steroids, or acetaminophen.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Realistically, however, these traditional treatment options will not prove effective for every patient, and some individuals may need to consider the possibility of back surgery. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to talk about your symptoms, your needs and your expectations for back surgery. We want to help you find relief from pain, which is why we would be happy to provide you your MRI or CT scan review.