It was not long ago that patients suffering from common conditions of the spine, such as bulging disc and joint degeneration, were subject to open surgery that would fuse spinal structures together in an effort to restabilize the back. Although this type of surgery can help in some situations, it has the potential to cause worsening back pain symptoms. No other type of surgery has the failure rate of open back surgery, so doctors have moved away from this approach to back pain treatment. Here are some of the alternatives that can more effectively eliminate back pain without a high risk for adverse side effects:
- Minimally invasive surgery: Thanks to numerous advancements in medical technology, spine surgeons can now access areas of the spine through tiny incisions and navigate with an endoscopic camera. Specialized tools are used to manipulate tissues and remove blockages without dissecting the muscle. Many procedures have utilized minimally invasive techniques, so they now offer greater patient safety, shorter recovery, and more consistent results.
- Massage and physical therapy: Utilizing the body’s own healing mechanisms to relieve back pain is an increasingly popular pain management technique. By building muscles that support the spine and promoting relaxation through therapeutic massage, physicians are able to help patients live comfortably without the nuisance of back pain. Healing of this nature is particularly helpful for sufferers of chronic pain.
- Medicinal injections: Unlike oral pain medications that only provide short-term relief, epidural and facet joint injections can offer pain relief for several weeks by decreasing inflammation. As irritation lets up on nerves of the spine, pain is relieved so healing can take place.
Learn more about the advanced back pain treatments available today by scheduling a consultation with SpineOne in Denver, CO. Contact us on our website or call (303) 367-2225 for a complete list of our services.