Do you need back and neck pain relief?

Almost 80 percent of Americans have back pain at some point in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association. That leaves many Americans looking for back and neck pain relief. In many cases, the pain can be traced to a simple cause like a strained muscle. This kind of pain will generally fade in a short period as the injury heals. In the meantime, symptoms can usually be managed with rest, ice and possibly over-the-counter pain medication.

Conditions that cause chronic pain

When back or neck pain is accompanied by other symptoms — including tingling, numbness or muscle weakness — it is likely due to a compressed nerve in the spine. When age-related deterioration occurs in the spinal anatomy — the vertebrae, discs or spinal ligaments — the space occupied by the spinal cord and exiting nerve roots can become constricted. Conditions that can lead to a pinched nerve include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Muscle strain
  • Whiplash or fractures
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Facet disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis

Finding back and neck pain relief

A physician usually will first prescribe a program of conservative, or nonsurgical, treatment that can include physical therapy, rest, prescription pain medication or cortisone injections. If back and neck pain relief is not achieved after weeks or months of conservative treatment, a physician might suggest surgery as an option.

The goal of traditional open spine surgery is to access the spine and decompress nerves by removing the source of pressure — like an arthritic bone spur or herniated disc material. Many patients are hesitant to undergo a procedure because of the highly invasive approach that must be taken. Surgeons must usually cut into important supporting muscles that require overnight hospitalization and a long, often painful, recovery period to heal.

The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute offer an alternative to traditional neck or back surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, state-of-the-art techniques using a smaller incision are used to perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery; our procedures offer a shorter recovery time^ with less risk of complication compared to a traditional open spine procedure. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about receiving a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.