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85% of our patients do not require surgery

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Did you know that 85% of our patients do not require surgery? Many patients that come in for a evaluations with one of our spine specialists believing that surgery is the only answer to correct the spinal or cervical issue that they have. Most of our patients respond very well to non-surgical options. We offer surgery to our patients that truly need it as a last resort method.

Some of the non-surgical options that are often recommended:

Physical therapy is one of the main stays for treatment of low back pain and neck pain. Physical therapy typically involves educating the patients in order to stretch, strengthen and rehabilitate their neck or back in an effective manner. Therapists typically instruct the patients on proper body mechanics and offer not only exercises but other treatment options, including ultrasound heat, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), hydrotherapy, massage or spinal manipulation. Physical therapists will typically do a thorough evaluation and, based on their evaluation and the physician’s recommendations and begin specific exercises tailored toward the patient’s complaints. Physical therapy can be used to treat back pain and leg pain, secondary to spinal stenosis and/or disc herniation. Physical therapy can also be used to treat neck pain and pain in the upper extremities. Physical therapy and regular exercise not only help with physical aspects of chronic low back and neck pain but also the associated psychosocial components involved with both of these chronic conditions.

Exercise plays a very important part in the roll of recovery from back or neck pain and in having a healthy back. When patients develop or have an episode of severe back pain and/or neck pain they become less active. In general, their back muscles and/or neck muscles can become weaker and have less endurance capacity. The back and/or neck can feel more fatigued. In general daily exercise can help to strengthen your back and/or neck muscles and allow you to return to most activities of daily living and improve your quality of life.

Heat Patients who initially have severe pain can benefit from treatment options including the ultrasound heat, electric stimulation and massage. Once their degree of severe pain calms down then exercises is typically used to provide longer lasting therapeutic effects. Patients are encouraged to continue doing their exercises on a daily basis and to gradually increase their activities.

Interventional Pain Management Physicians practice Interventional Pain Medicine which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of pain by applying minimally invasive techniques that target structures to mediate pain. The goal of Interventional Pain Medicine is to reduce or eliminate pain and to help patients quickly return to their daily activities without heavy reliance on medications. Therapeutic procedures attempt to take results from diagnostic interventions and produce long-term relief of pain by applying chemicals, heat, cold or use surgical procedures that inhibit nerve impulses. These interventions include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, nerve blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation and several others.
So, if you have been told by a spine doctor that you need surgery, come see one of our spine specialist for a complete evaluation to see if there is a non-surgical approach to your pain.

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Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery