Non-Surgical and Minimally Invasive Treatment of the Spine
Non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment of the spine is sometimes referred to as “conservative” treatment. The vast majority of back or neck problems are successfully resolved with conservative treatments. Treatment may be as simple as a reassurance that the problem is not serious and all that is needed is to refrain from certain activities while the body heals. Other treatments may include preventative measures, such as learning to protect the spine when lifting and doing exercises to strengthen it.
The goal of any treatment – conservative or surgical – is to reduce pain, limit further degeneration and get you back to your activities as soon as possible.
Most back and neck problems can be treated conservatively. In fact, surgery is typically not considered until non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments have failed to provide relief. Symptoms such as headaches, sciatica, and pain in the neck, arm, and lower back can often be successfully treated by non-surgical measures. These symptoms are most often caused by conditions such as disc herniation, muscle strains, arthritis, and spinal stenosis.
When Surgery is Necessary
If surgery is necessary, the spine care coordinator and your surgeon will be your personal guide and answer your questions about preparing for surgery and your hospital stay. Education is beneficial in preparing you for surgery and recovery. You and your coach will receive a detailed guidebook and will be invited to attend a pre-operative training class that will help prepare you for your hospital stay and discharge.