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. Our discs lose their water mass, vertebrae become unstable and inevitably nerves become irritated or pinched and chronic pain results. This pain is often treatable with conservative treatments such as stretching, physical therapy and medication. However, about 10 percent of the time these patients find no relief in conservative treatments and are recommended for spine surgery.
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, slipped disc)
- Neck pain
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal stenosis
Advanced treatment for spinal conditions
Conservative treatments can at times heal and mask the symptoms of these conditions, and should be held as the first step in your treatment process. However, after exhausting all conservative treatments 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, offering patients an extended recovery time* and higher risk of infection and complication. The experts at Laser Spine Institute specialize in various minimally invasive procedures that are a safer and more effective surgical alternative to the open spine procedures available today. These innovative, outpatient procedures utilize small incisions to offer patients a quicker recovery period§ and very low risk of infection and complications. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about the minimally invasive alternative and how you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.