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Pain and Symptoms

Suffering from neck or back pain is, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of adults will experience chronic neck or back pain at some point. Many are able to find relief through conservative treatment options such as physical therapy, injections, massage or chiropractic care. However, nearly 10 percent of those suffering will fail to find such treatments effective, thus making surgery the only viable option.

At Laser Spine Institute we know living with chronic pain means living with a reduced overall quality of life. Though the conditions we see on a daily basis are common, they can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. Some of the commonly treated symptoms at our St. Louis center include:

  • Weakness
  • Inability to walk or stand for long periods of time
  • Pain in an isolated area of the neck or back
  • Inability to sit for a prolonged period of time without pain
  • Burning sensations
  • Tingling
  • Trouble sleeping comfortably
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Pain in the legs or arms

At Laser Spine Institute we know these symptoms can keep you from living the life you deserve, which is why we offer effective, minimally invasive procedures that are specialized to treat the conditions that cause these types of conditions.

Conditions that cause common back pain

Some of the most commonly treated conditions at our St. Louis center include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bulging discs
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Ruptured discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sciatica
  • Facet disease
  • Annular tears

Though these are not all symptomatic on their own, if these cause compression or irritation to the surrounding nerve roots or spinal cord, patients can experience chronic pain and symptoms that, if left untreated, can devastate their overall quality of life.

Types of available treatment for back pain

Before recommending surgery, we always suggest looking into the conservative options available to you. These can often reduce your overall pain, and in most cases allow you to return to the life you love without undergoing surgery. Common conservative treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching
  • Injections
  • Medication
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage

However, if these treatments fail to bring you relief, Laser Spine Institute is proud to offer the most effective and successful alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery through our minimally invasive procedures. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our procedures and see if you may be a candidate.