What should I do If I think I have back pain?

Millions of people ask themselves the same question each day: “What should I do if I think I have back pain?” Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes the pain goes away naturally, but other times it’s a signal of something more serious.

Back pain causes can vary, which makes self-diagnosing is impossible. Your initial course of action should be to take notes on your symptoms that detail the location, frequency and severity of your discomfort. Next, make an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and likely order medical imaging tests to try and pinpoint the source of your pain.

Conservative treatment options

If your physician diagnosis a degenerative spine condition, such as a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis or spondylolisthesis, he or she will probably first prescribe conservative, nonsurgical treatments, including:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Low-impact exercises or physical therapy
  • Behavior modification
  • Alternative treatments like yoga, massage, or acupuncture
  • Selective corticosteroid nerve block injections

These treatments are often effective for most degenerative spine conditions, but if your condition continues to worsen or is already severe, these treatments may not be enough to heal your pain.

Minimally invasive alternatives

If conservative treatment options prove ineffective and your physician suggests spine surgery for your neck and back pain, keep in mind that there are alternatives to a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery.

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that uses state-of-the-art technology to address the source of your pain, without the increased risks that accompany traditional open spine surgery.

Every month, more people choose Laser Spine Institute to relieve their chronic neck and back pain than any other spine surgery provider in the world. Here’s why:

  • Patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100^
  • Be up and walking within a few hours of surgery^
  • Less than a 1-inch incision
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Muscle-sparing techniques

Are you ready to find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures? Contact us for more information about our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures and for your no-cost MRI review.*