Emotional distress associated with neck and back pain

More than three decades ago, the International Association for the Study of Pain developed a definition of “pain” that emphasized the emotional, as well as the physical, experience of patients.

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 get off the sidelines and back into the game of life. Our team will be with you every step of the way to guide you on your journey to pain relief.

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 physician and begin researching your condition. Here are a few ways to find peace of mind through conversations with your physician:

  • 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.

Consider the alternatives for treatment

For many patients, the idea of spine surgery is terrifying. That is why it is important to exhaust all alternative treatments before moving forward with traditional spine surgery. Conservative treatments such as physical therapy and pain medication may be enough to relieve your pain. Other safer, effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery include the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

We offer several minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgical options for patients suffering from chronic neck or back pain. Our small incision and nondisruptive approach to the spine gives our patients a shorter recovery time^ and a higher patient satisfaction score than 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.