The link between age-related spine conditions and chronic pain

As we get older, the onset of chronic pain is something many of us will experience, especially in the neck or back. Over the years, it’s common for parts of the spine to weaken, potentially leading to conditions that can affect spinal nerves and cause debilitating symptoms.

As alarming as it may sound, it’s common for the natural aging of the body to weaken the discs, bones and joints in the spine. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves in the spine or spinal cord, resulting in severe discomfort in your neck or back. Nerve compression can cause symptoms like chronic pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the affected areas.

Age-related spinal conditions that can cause nerve compression include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Facet disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Spinal stenosis

Treatment options for chronic pain

Fortunately, there are many options to treat chronic neck or back pain caused by degenerative spine conditions.

Upon diagnosis of the specific underlying condition, doctors generally recommend nonsurgical treatments — also known as conservative care — as the first step in treating chronic neck or back pain. These options include chiropractic care, physical therapy, yoga, epidural steroid injections and medication. Conservative care can also include hot or cold therapy and lifestyle changes like weight loss and diet change.

However, if you have not reached your pain relief goals after weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment, spine surgery can become an option. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

Depending on the severity and type of spine condition causing your chronic neck or back pain, our board-certified surgeons+ may recommend a minimally invasive decompression surgery or minimally invasive stabilization surgery. All of our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using muscle-sparing techniques, leading to a reduced risk of complication when compared to a traditional open neck or back surgery.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute

Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn how our minimally invasive spine surgery can treat chronic neck and back pain associated with most common spine conditions. Our dedicated team will be happy to help you receive a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.