Emotional distress associated with neck and back pain

Anyone suffering from chronic neck or back pain understands that the pain experienced is more than just physical. This type of pain takes a toll on mental and emotional health because it often prevents people from living the lifestyle they enjoy. Many of our patients, before turning to Laser Spine Institute, have described feeling hopeless — like they were sitting on the sidelines, just watching life go by.

As spine experts committed to providing patient-centered care, we believe that the emotional distress associated with chronic neck and back pain cannot be overlooked. If you are burdened by a spine condition that is preventing you from living the life you want, we encourage you to research treatment alternatives to help you find relief. Our team will be with you every step of the way to guide you on your journey to pain relief. Contact us if you have any questions.

Stay informed about your spine condition

The best way to move toward pain relief when you are suffering from neck or back pain is to consult your doctor and begin researching your condition. Here are a few ways to find peace of mind through conversations with your doctor:

  • Explain how your symptoms affect you emotionally, and ask for a detailed medical explanation of the cause of the symptoms.
  • Ask for a detailed, easily understandable explanation of the tests being performed and their results.
  • If exercise or other physical activity is recommended by your physician, ask how best to perform this activity without risking further injury.
  • Ask for clearly stated, written explanations of the diagnosis and prognosis, so you won’t have to try to recall it from memory once you leave the physician’s office.
  • Monitor your own stress level, which can be based on sleep patterns as well as feelings of irritability and helplessness.

Getting treatment for neck or back pain

For many patients, the prospect of undergoing spine surgery can add to the anxiety and emotional distress that a spine condition can cause. That is why it is important to exhaust all conservative treatments before beginning to explore spine surgery. Options such as physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, massage, spinal injections and over-the-counter medication combined with lifestyle changes like weight management, quitting smoking and improving posture help many people find relief and a good quality of life without the need for surgery. However if you have fully explored conservative treatments and are considering your surgical options, Laser Spine Institute provides a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures with our minimally invasive spine surgery.^

We perform a range of minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures for patients suffering from chronic neck or back pain. Our muscle-sparing approach to the spine gives our patients a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

For more information about your spine condition and the treatment options available to you, contact the spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute today. To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask for your free MRI review.*