Defining an orthopedic center

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that seeks to treat issues with the musculoskeletal system. This includes problems with the spine, especially deterioration that can occur in the discs and joints. Orthopedic center is a broad term which would include any medical facility focusing on the treatment of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Treatment options at an orthopedic center can run from lighter conservative options, like massage therapy, all the way to surgery.

If you are dealing with chronic pain from a spine condition and are trying to find treatment to enable a return to a full, active life, getting knowledge is an important first step. Learning about the full range of treatment options that an orthopedic center offers can help you and your doctor make a care decision with a better chance of getting your life back.

Treatment options at an orthopedic center

Upon diagnosis of a spine condition, most physicians will recommend a course of conservative treatment including options like rest, hot and cold compression therapy and pain medication. If a few weeks or months of this treatment does not bring desired results, your primary care physician may refer you to an orthopedic center for more advanced treatment.

No two orthopedic centers are the same, with different centers specializing in different orthopedic conditions and modes of treatment. For example, there are orthopedic centers that can focus on sports rehabilitation for the entire body while there are others that can exclusively perform surgery. For the spine, there are many orthopedic centers which will recommend more involved nonsurgical treatment methods before exploring surgical options. Common methods include:

  • Epidural steroid injections – This is an injection of a corticosteroid into the protective layer surrounding the spinal cord designed to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Physical therapy – Physical therapy performed by a licensed physical therapist should include exercises designed to restore mobility and take pressure off compressed nerves.
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation – Also called TENS therapy, this takes a gentle electrical signal applied through electrodes over the skin to attempt to relieve nerve pain.
  • Hydrotherapy – This method uses water to relax and stimulate muscles.

Spine surgery is usually seen as a last-resort option because it is a highly invasive process involving a large incision which disrupts important supporting muscles in the spine. This typically requires overnight hospitalization followed by a long, often difficult recovery period to allow the scar to heal.

Laser Spine Institute

If you are considering your surgical options but are concerned about the risks and difficulties that can come with a traditional open spine procedure, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery involves a less than 1-inch incision, which means less muscle disruption and a shorter recovery period^ for our patients.

For a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact us today.