Spine and Back Surgery Options: What You Need To Know
It is no secret that remaining active on a regular basis is good for your overall health. In fact, the medical community at large promotes an active lifestyle. However, if you are suffering from a back or spine injury, getting up and getting active may be a painful task. Furthermore, everyday activities such as walking, standing, or even sleeping can cause discomfort.
Treatments for Back and Spine Pain
It has been estimated that nearly 80 percent of Americans will feel some form of back pain during their lifetimes. Although back pain can be common, at times it can be predictive of more serious back or spine injuries. If you suffered an injury while performing an activity, such as playing sports or snow skiing, the treatment options below are a great first step in eliminating pain. These options include:
- Massage and stretching
- Heat, ice, compression and elevation
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
- A period of rest
- Physical therapy
If your back or spine injury does not show improvements with the treatment options above, your doctor may need to treat your pain or injury with a procedure that is a little more involved, yet remains non-invasive. These procedures allow you to very quickly return to your lifestyle. Some of the less invasive treatments for injuries to your back and spine may include:
- Back brace
- Epidural steroid injection
- Trigger point injection
- Nerve block
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
Spine and Back Surgery Options
At times, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair an injury or to fix a repetitive motion problem in your back. If surgery is recommended, you’ll be in good hands at Pacific Spine Specialists. Spine Surgeon Dr. Keenen uses the latest surgical techniques and specializes in minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Keenen will go over all spine and back surgery options in depth and provide you with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision. Chances are, with Dr. Keenen’s help, you’ll be back on the slopes or playing your favorite sport with the same vigor you always had.
If you have been diagnosed with a back or spine issue such as herniated disc or spondylolisthesis, the good news is that it can be treated. Often times following surgery you are approved to return to your activities in anywhere from four to 12 weeks. A few surgical treatments for back and spine injuries include:
Don’t prolong treatment for back and spine pain any longer. Start 2017 off with a pain free, new you.
If you are ready for a pain free start to 2017, look no further than Pacific Spine Specialists. Board certified surgeon, Dr. Keenen, is knowledgeable, qualified, and comes highly recommended. Dr. Keenen offers many back surgery options to treat a number of back and spine conditions. Learn more about Pacific Spine Specialists or schedule a complimentary MRI review by calling 503-885-9391.