Studies show that approximately 80 percent of Americans will suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Often, these conditions are linked to the natural aging process. As we get older, our spine begins to degenerate and our discs lose their water mass. This causes the vertebrae to become unstable, making nerves irritated or pinched and causing chronic pain.
These symptoms are often treatable with conservative therapy such as stretching, physical therapy and pain medication, with surgical intervention only being used as a last resort. Read on to learn more about possible conditions that may develop in the neck and back as well as the treatments available to ease your symptoms.
Understanding spinal conditions
As you begin to research your symptoms and condition, remember that most neck or back pain is linked to muscular or ligament strain, not necessarily your spine. In these cases, the muscles and ligaments heal themselves over time. However, there are many spinal conditions that do require more serious treatment and medical attention. These conditions can be potentially serious and they include:
- Arthritis of the spine (facet disease)
- Back pain
- Bone spurs
- Bulging disc (disc protrusion)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Degenerative spine
- Disc pain
- Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)
- Foraminal stenosis
- Herniated disc (prolapsed disc, ruptured disc and slipped disc)
- Neck pain
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal stenosis
Advanced treatment for spinal conditions
Conservative treatments can lessen the symptoms of these conditions and should be held as the first step in your treatment process. However, after exhausting all conservative treatments for several weeks or months, you may find that your symptoms and conditions persist. If this is the case, it may be time for you to begin looking into your surgical options.
Traditional open neck and back surgery is highly invasive in nature, leaving patients to deal with an extended recovery time as well as a high risk of infection and complication. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in various minimally invasive procedures that are a safer and effective surgical alternative to the open spine procedures, offering patients a shorter recovery period and reduced risk of infection and complication.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures.
Our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Through a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques, our highly skilled surgeons are able to relieve your chronic neck and back conditions and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on. Reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.