Chronic back pain treatment

Chronic back pain is a debilitating, yet common condition among many adults in America. Typically, this type of pain results from degenerative spine conditions that are left untreated for years. Over time, the condition worsens and the pain may become unbearable, often preventing people from completing their daily activities or even being as mobile as they once were.

If you have been experiencing chronic back pain, we encourage you to seek a spine care specialist or your physician to diagnose your condition so you can begin to find pain relief. Your physician will help you determine the best course of action for your treatment by reviewing your options with you and helping you make a decision that fits your spine condition and your lifestyle.

Treatment options for chronic back pain

Chronic back pain treatment almost always begins with a conservative, nonsurgical treatment regimen. These types of treatments often include:

While many patients find relief from these conservative treatments, some patients require more than external remedies. More progressive spine conditions may require a surgical procedure to bring pain relief. The most common types of surgery for back pain include:

  • Laminectomy or foraminectomy — Removal of significant portions of spinal bone.
  • Discectomy — Removal of one or more intervertebral discs.
  • Artificial disc replacement — A prosthetic disc is implanted in place of a damaged disc (this surgery is still relatively experimental).
  • Spinal fusion — Two or more of the vertebrae are permanently fused together.

These procedures are highly invasive and require several days of hospitalization to monitor for infection and complications. In order to perform these surgeries, the surgeon must cut through and detach the muscles surrounding the spine in order to even reach the spine to treat the condition. This leaves the patient at risk for increased blood loss, infection and overly large scar tissue that could obstruct a fusion from taking place.

The Laser Spine Institute difference

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that spine surgery should be an exciting turning point in your health. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed with less risk and higher patient satisfaction scores (96) than traditional open back surgery.^ Our surgeons perform each procedure through a small, 1-inch incision that leaves the muscles surrounding the spine intact so you can enjoy a faster recovery time.^

For more information about the types of minimally invasive surgery we offer to treat chronic back pain or about the advantages of Laser Spine Institute, please contact us today.