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If you have ever had back pain or back surgery, then you know the pain can be life altering. It just gets in the way, it hurts, and you just want some relief now. I have personally known two people who have surgical steel rods implanted into their spine. This was not an easy process for them. The mere thought of either dealing with chronic back pain or having to have back surgery of any kind can take its toll. Back pain is not only physically challenging but can be an emotional roller-coaster as well. Chronic back pain can be one of the most agonizing and debilitating afflictions the human body can endure. Below are five tips to minimize failed back surgery and continued back pain.
First, it is essential that you know, trust and understand your diagnosis. Many pains look alike. A proper diagnosis is crucial to getting the appropriate treatment for your problem. For example, if you had Multiple Sclerosis but were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, your treatment would not work and possibly make your pain worse. The same goes for back surgery, if you are treated for the wrong problem, the results are likely to do nothing or possibly even make the situation worse. Continue reading
Those who have suffered injuries that require back surgery are faced with many tough decision, and very often one of those is whether or not spinal fusion is a good treatment option. This invasive technique is performed by essentially “welding” two vertebrae together.
Spine fusion can be a painful process. With its extensive recovery time and invasive nature, many patients actually end up suffering from failed back surgery syndrome following treatment as their problem persists. As a result, a growing number of back pain sufferers are turning to alternatives to alleviate their pain and live the fulfilling lives they desire.
Intradiscal electrothermal coagulation is an increasingly popular technique in which the annulus is warmed by inserting a needle and catheter into the affected area, thus closing the gaps made by tears that are the underlying cause of the pain. While this method has proven effective and is not invasive, it is a better option for those suffering from less severe back pain. Continue reading
A spine surgeon is a specialist at back surgery, ensuring minimally invasive surgical techniques are considered first, before major back operations are medically elected. The most common back condition is a slipped disc and in some cases, the patient may not even realize they have a slipped disc, until the nerve roots are aggravated. Once the nerve roots are triggered the level of pain will vary from person to person.
Slipped discs occur in the lower back area, known as the lumbar region and injuries are caused by physical bending, heavy lifting or an accidental fall. The upper neck region is also susceptible to slipped discs, which is common during our aging process. Over the counter remedies and prescribed treatments are used for pain relief of back problems, but, when these treatments don’t effectively manage the pain, minimally invasive surgical techniques are considered. Minimally invasive is defined as non-disruptive, using small incisions focused on the preservation of our natural body parts consisting of spine muscles, tissues and bones. A spine surgeon will treat an extreme spine disorder, using a variety of surgery procedures, depending on the patient’s disorder. At times, replacing or reconstructing parts of the spine are crucial to regaining the body’s natural function due to this health disorder.
What Is Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Spinal Fusion surgery is a procedure in which vertebrae are fused together to prevent a painful movement at the joint. Inserting a piece of bone between the vertebrae and encouraging the bone to grow accomplish this process, fusing the vertebrae together, preventing movement between them and eliminating the pain. To eliminate movement, this process is repeated in the spaces above and below the target vertebra, isolating it from moving entirely.
Spinal Fusion surgery is a method of treating several problems with the spinal column. Some of those problems include (but are not limited to):
· Degenerative Disc Disease
· A Weak or Unstable Spine
· When a Vertebra Slips Out of Place in the Spinal Column
These are some of the most common conditions under which a patient should talk to a doctor regarding their options on spinal fusion surgery. If a patient is experiencing severe back pain, s/he should immediately talk to a doctor to determine the cause and location of the pain to know how to best take care of the problem. Continue reading
If you have been injured or have had back pain for several months yet have been ignoring or putting off the need for spine treatment you need to consider the real cost this can have on your life.
Being afraid of undergoing back pain surgery is understandable if you think that major and invasive spinal back surgery is what you really need. However there are other forms of spine treatment including minimally invasive spine surgery in Tempe at The Spine Center.
The costs of ignoring the need for effective and lasting spine treatment are incredibly high. Even if you manage to make it to work everyday you are likely not being your most productive when your back is hurting. Whether you are a CEO or a construction worker this will have a toll on your bank account. Continue reading