Spine conditions overview — articles and resources

Many types of conditions and injuries can result in neck or back pain. Sometimes, symptoms are related to a relatively minor cause like a strained muscle. More serious and chronic pain can be caused by degenerative spine conditions, traumatic injury or disease. You should consult with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of neck or back pain that persists for more than a few days. It is important to be proactive with treatment because many sources of pain become debilitating with time, affecting your relationships, work or just being able to get a good night’s sleep.

Articles on common spine conditions

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that patient education is an important part of the treatment process. Becoming better informed about spine conditions that can lead to chronic neck or back pain can help you work more closely with your doctor to develop an effective plan of care. The following articles offer a practical guide to treating common conditions:

Upon diagnosis most spine conditions can be treated effectively by following a doctor-recommended course of conservative treatment options such as physical therapy, rest and medication. Surgery usually isn’t considered unless weeks or months of conservative treatment do not bring an improvement in symptoms.

Laser Spine Institute

Doctors and patients alike view traditional open spine surgery as a last-resort treatment because of the highly invasive nature of these procedures, which leads to a long recovery time and risk of complication for patients. Laser Spine Institute and our team of board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive spine surgery that uses a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine. This outpatient procedure provides less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.

Laser Spine Institute will provide a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine whether you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.