Many patients begin researching spine surgery options as soon as they are diagnosed with a spine condition. However, the truth about spine surgery is that it is sometimes not necessary — many spine conditions are able to be treated through nonsurgical, conservative methods. Before you begin researching different options for spine surgery, talk to your physician about the conservative treatments available to you and the best method of pain relief for your specific condition.
Commonly, patients will find relief from their symptoms through several months of conservative treatments, such as:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Hot/cold compress
- Weight loss
- Low-impact exercises
- Corticosteroid injections
In the event that these other treatments do not effectively relieve your pain, your doctor may recommend spine surgery as your next treatment option. Laser Spine Institute performs minimally invasive spine surgery for a number of conditions and symptoms. Patients who choose our minimally invasive procedures can benefit from a lower risk of complication and shorter recovery time^ compared to patients who choose traditional open back surgery.
Find out if you’re a candidate by requesting a no-cost MRI review* from our team at Laser Spine Institute St. Louis.
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