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When Back Surgery Is Your Best Option

The numbers surrounding back pain are eye-opening. First, 80% of adults in the United States report experiencing lower back pain at some point during their lives. Diving a little deeper, 20% of those who encounter acute lower back pain develop chronic issues.

At Spinal Diagnostics, our team of highly trained musculoskeletal experts understands how impactful back pain can be, hijacking almost every aspect of your life. We also understand that, in that context, surgery may not seem like a desirable option as it temporarily adds to the problem. Thankfully, we offer a wide range of less invasive solutions for back pain to restore pain-free movement.

Here’s a look at some of your treatment options for back pain and when back surgery may hold the key to regaining your ability to make your way through the world without pain.

Exploring your options

Due to the high numbers of people who suffer from back pain, spinal specialists around the world, including our team here, offer many innovative solutions that are designed to block the pain without resorting to surgery.

One of the main reasons back pain can be particularly complex is your spine’s role in linking your central nervous system to the rest of your body. Since there are highly sensitive nerve roots that branch out from your spine, any problem that irritates or compresses these nerve roots can lead to debilitating pain.

We offer innovative stimulation treatments that disrupt the pain signaling between your brain and the compromised nerve to address this issue.

For example, if you suffer from back pain and peripheral neuropathic pain, we can turn to dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation. Each vertebra in your spine has two dorsal root ganglia (clusters of nerves), and we target the ones responsible for your pain with electrical stimulation.

Another effective technique for tackling chronic back pain is through spinal cord stimulation. This involves the same neuromodulation approach as DRG — we place electrodes near the nerves responsible for sending the pain signals and disrupt them.

In addition to these stimulation treatments, we also offer epidural injections, facet joint injections, and radiofrequency ablation, to name just a few of our minimally invasive back pain treatments.

A look at back surgery

If we’ve exhausted your non-surgical treatment options and your back pain persists, surgery may present a good opportunity under certain circumstances. We offer several minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that can relieve your back pain without resorting to open surgery.

For example, if you’re suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis, we offer the innovative mild® procedure. With mild, we only need to make a small incision in your back, through which we thread small instruments to remove pieces of bone and excess ligament tissue to decompress your nerves.

Another excellent technique for tackling spinal stenosis is an interspinous indirect decompression spacer. Here again, we use only small incisions to implant the spacer between your vertebrae to relieve decompression.

If your back pain persists and resists these treatments, we can explore more aggressive options or help patients find an appropriate surgeon that is able to help with any surgical needs.

If you’re plagued by back pain, we urge you to explore all of your treatment options. To get started, contact one of our two locations in Tualatin or Newberg, Oregon, to set up a consultation.

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