Back surgery alternatives – exploring your nonsurgical and surgical options

If you experience chronic pain and other symptoms related to a degenerative spine condition for more than a few weeks, your condition may be causing spinal nerve compression. You should take immediate action before your condition worsens. The sooner that you seek treatment, the more likely your symptoms will respond to nonsurgical treatment.

Most degenerative spine conditions are manageable using a combination of nonsurgical treatment methods. Surgery should be seen as a last resort, but may become necessary if your condition is severe. What follows is a list of effective nonsurgical methods, along with a brief overview of the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery versus traditional open back surgery.

Conservative treatment methods

Back surgery alternatives begin with nonsurgical methods of treatment. No two regimens are alike, but most include some combination of the following conservative treatment methods:

  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretching and exercise
  • Brief periods of rest
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternative treatments like yoga and acupuncture

Consult your physician to create a personalized treatment plan. If conservative treatment proves ineffective over the course of several weeks or months, surgical treatment might become an option. If this describes your condition, we encourage you to research all of your surgical options to make the best decision about your spine wellness.

Open back surgery versus minimally invasive spine surgery

As you begin to explore your back surgery alternatives, ask your physician about the potential for a minimally invasive procedure to provide relief from the pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness associated with your spinal nerve compression. Not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, but those who do qualify often choose that course of action instead of highly invasive open back surgery.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open spine surgery and offers many advantages, such as:

  • No lengthy recovery^ compared to a long and difficult recovery from traditional open spine surgery
  • Less than a 1-inch incision
  • No unnecessary muscle tearing or scar tissue
  • Outpatient procedure and streamlined experience
  • Performed by board-certified surgeons+

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their degenerative spine conditions. In fact, we have a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

To learn more, contact us for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.