Spinal Conditions and Their Minimally-Invasive Back Pain Treatments Are Revealed
Is your lower back pain too much to bear?Are you unsure of what the sharp pain in your neck is from? Confused by the tingling in your legs and feet? Chances are, you’re experiencing symptoms of a spinal condition that may require treatment.
In the time leading up to a visit with an orthopedic doctor, you may be concerned your symptoms will lead to a painful diagnosis, such as open back surgery. Fortunately, there’s good news – recently developed minimally invasive techniques allow back pain sufferers to fix most of their spine conditions with quick, outpatient procedures.
“It’s important to get your symptoms checked out before your condition gets worse,” says Dr. Steven Schiebert, a spine expert and leading orthopedic surgeon at NJ Spine and Orthopedic in New Jersey. “Fortunately, minimally invasive spine surgery takes the traditional pain and complexities of treatment out of the equation.”
So what do your painful symptoms actually mean? Follow a NJ Spine and Orthopedic’s back pain guide to discover your possible spinal condition and the minimally invasive treatment that fixes it.
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Severe Lower Back Pain
Intense pain in the lower back can mean any number of things, but a common cause of this pain is a condition called spinal stenosis, which is narrowing of the spinal canal, often near the base of the spine. This is a result of aging and poor posture, such as slouching, but genetics can also play a role in the development of spinal stenosis.
Treatment options depend on the severity of the stenosis. Pain management regimens and physical therapy are often prescribed initially, but when these efforts aren’t enough, a quick procedure called a laminoforaminotomy is performed. NJ Spine and Orthopedic has developed a minimally invasive technique used during this procedure to protect the muscles in the back. The doctors create a small two-centimeter incision where a narrow tube is then inserted, allowing doctors to repair the injury without harming the surrounding muscles.
Neck Pain With The Inability To Turn The Head
This is a common spinal symptom that can greatly hinder your daily life. Neck pain sufferers often experience weakness in the arms, along with the inability to turn the head side-to-side. Simple movements such as twisting, bending, lifting or reaching can exacerbate the pain. If you can relate, you may be suffering from degenerative disc disease.
Disc degeneration is the deterioration and natural changing of spinal discs that occurs with increasing age, although you don’t have to be elderly to have it. Similar to spinal stenosis, at-home treatments, like pain medication and physical therapy, are first prescribed. If these methods aren’t enough to fix the pain, a minimally invasive procedure called an endoscopic discectomy is performed. This is anoutpatient surgery in which a portion of the protruding disc is removed to relieve pressure between discs that is causing the pain.
Pain That Travels Down The Back Of The Legs
If you have pain that goes down the back of your legs, sciatica could be to blame. This is the most common of many conditions that result from a herniated disc, where a herniated disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, sending intense, shooting pain down the back to your buttocks and the back of your upper thighs. Doctors perform an endoscopic discectomy to fix sciatica by removing part of the protruding disc to relieve the pressure it causes.
Intense Radiating Pain And Decreased Range Of Motion
Radiating pain that comes in intense waves is typically an indicator of a slipped disc, also called spondylolisthesis. A slipped disc occurs when a vertebra slips out of position onto one of the bones below it. The pain can feel localized at first, but it eventually radiates outward to the surrounding limbs or neck, depending on how high on the spine the slipped disc occurs.
A slipped disc is most commonly treated with a decompressive laminectomy, a minimally invasive procedure where parts of the disc are removed to relieve pressure on spinal nerves. In some cases, spinal fusion, where two vertebrae are fused together, may be done simultaneously to help stabilize the vertebrae sections the laminectomy is removing.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you’re not alone. Dr. Schiebert and the rest of the NJ Spine & Orthopedic team have brought life-changing relief to thousands of patients who were suffering with back pain.
“It’s important for people to know they have options,” Schiebert says. “Not just options that can effectively fix their spine, but options that aren’t painful, inconvenient or time-consuming. We can’t stress enough how much better people can feel just by having these simple out-patient procedures done.”
These painful spine symptoms, and others, are signs that the help of an orthopedic professional is needed. Peace of mind is important when it comes to spine health, and identifying the cause of your pain will get you one step closer to relief.
Still not sure what spinal condition your symptoms are pointing to? Take NJ Spine and Orthopedic’s Pain Assessment, or visit NJSpineandOrtho dot com for a free MRI review.