Treatment for chronic back pain

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 specialist or your doctor to diagnose your condition so you can begin to find pain relief. Your doctor will help you determine the best course of action for your treatment by reviewing your options and helping you make a decision that fits your spine condition and your lifestyle. To learn about the various treatments that may be suggested to ease your pain, read the following article.

Conservative treatment options for chronic back pain

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

  • Physical therapy (low-impact exercises and strength-building movements)
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Intermittent periods of rest
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Chiropractic care
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Lifestyle changes

Traditional open spine surgery for chronic back pain

While many patients find relief from these conservative treatments, some patients require more than external remedies if their symptoms do not improve after several weeks or months of conservative care. 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 foraminotomy — which is the removal of significant portions of spinal bone
  • Discectomy — which is the removal of one or more spinal discs
  • Artificial disc replacement — which is a prosthetic disc that is implanted in place of a damaged disc (this surgery is still relatively experimental)
  • Spinal fusion — which is two or more vertebrae 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 use an incision that is 6 to 8 inches in length to cut through and detach the muscles surrounding the spine as a way to reach the spine and 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.

Minimally invasive spine surgery for chronic back pain

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 of complication and faster recovery times than traditional open spine surgery, earning us a patient satisfaction score of 96 out of 100.^ 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.

Our highly skilled surgeons are able to use a small, less than 1-inch incision that leaves the muscles surrounding the spine intact in order to relieve your chronic back pain. Since 2005, our procedures have been able to provide more than 75,000 patients with relief from their symptoms, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*