Degenerative spine conditions can be exacerbated by a number of factors, including occupations that require constant bending, twisting and lifting. Placing excessive wear and tear on the spine can lead to a deterioration of the vertebrae, facet joints and intervertebral discs, eventually causing spinal conditions such as osteoarthritis, bulging or herniated discs and spinal stenosis. While these degenerative spine conditions can occur as a result of the natural aging process, laborious work can lead to increased or exacerbated spinal degeneration.
One of the ways to eliminate the discomfort of spinal conditions that are caused or worsened by strenuous occupations is to find a different line of work. This, however, is all but impossible for many individuals. If a career change is not a viable option, individuals may want to learn all the techniques they can to protect their neck and back from damage during the workday. Back braces and ergonomic furniture also can help employees to reduce strain on their spines and, likewise, reduce the risk of damage.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, a degenerative spinal condition will exhibit chronic and worsening symptoms. The symptoms of most degenerative spine conditions can be alleviated with the use of conservative treatments, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), analgesics, physical therapy and hot/cold compresses. If several weeks or months of conservative treatment fail to provide meaningful relief, a physician or spine specialist may recommend surgery. Traditional open spine surgery presents a number of risks and complications, including failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).
Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute has perfected effective alternatives to open neck or back surgery. These minimally invasive procedures:
- Are performed on an outpatient basis
- Require only a small incision
- Have a 96 patient satisfaction rate
Each month, Laser Spine Institute performs more minimally invasive procedures than any other spine surgery center in the world. Contact us to learn more about our state-of-the-art techniques for treating degenerative spine conditions and to schedule your initial consultation.