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Surgical Back Pain Treatment Options

Treating back pain requires careful attention to detail and knowledge of the different issues that could be causing the pain. Because the neck and back are such significant parts of the body, both functionally and geographically, it is extremely important that they are strong, healthy, and function properly. When it comes to neck and back pain, it could be a number of underlying issues that causing the discomfort. There are two categories of treatment for neck and back pain:

  • Non-surgical
  • Surgical

Some surgeries are minimally invasive, while others are largely invasive, depending on the underlying condition that the surgeon is trying to treat. Surgical treatments that can be done to help treat, heal, and prevent back and neck pain are listed below:

Discectomy

A discectomy is typically associated with a herniated or bulging disc. It is the process of surgically removing any part of the herniated disc that is applying pressure on a nerve, which causes the pain. Keep in mind that a discectomy only removes a portion of the tissue, and not the entire disc.

Decompression

A decompression surgery, also called a lumbar decompression back surgery, is an invasive procedure with the goal of giving the compressed nerve room to “breathe.” Technically speaking, the surgeon will go in and remove part of the bone in the spine that the nerve is being pressed up against. This will allow more room for the nerve and, hence the name, decompress the area, giving more comfort to the patient.

Posterior Cervical Fusion

Fusion is an invasive surgery that fuses bones together by using grafts, metal plates, or screws. The posterior cervical fusion procedure is done by fusing bones in the posterior (back) of the neck together. The surgeon might use plates or screws, and it is typically done to correct fractures or abnormal curves in the spine.

Total Disc Replacement

Total disc replacement is the process of removing an entire disc in the spine and replacing it with an artificial instrument. This invasive surgery is typically done to further prevent the effects of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) or to treat severe lower and upper back pain. This is an alternative to spinal fusion, and allows better movement in the spinal column.

Dynamic Stabilization

Dynamic Stabilization is an invasive surgery that involves inserting an artificial rod into the area of that back that is affected. It allows natural movement of the spine, while keeping a certain amount of stability to prevent further injury. Although it is an invasive surgery, technology has progressed to help this procedure become less invasive than in the past.

Spinal Reconstruction

Spinal reconstruction is a complex, highly invasive surgery that is performed to realign or fix any abnormal curvature in the spine. It involves implanting instruments capable of stabilizing the spine and keeping it aligned. This procedure is typically performed on patients with scoliosis and requires a lengthy recovery period.

In any case, invasive spinal surgery is a very serious procedure. Whether the procedure is minimally invasive or largely invasive, these surgeries should be done by experience, knowledgeable spinal surgeons. Call Become Pain Free today to get help in fully understanding your back pain and deciding on which treatment best fits your situation.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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