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All About Back Pain Treatments

Surgery for Herniated Disc with Sciatica: Find the Right Surgeon, Ask the Right Questions

Assuming that surgery has been recommended for your lumbar herniated disc and sciatica, the first step in getting well and pain free is finding a surgeon who is a good fit for you.

Spinal Fusion Animation

Watch this 1-minute animation explaining a spinal fusion: when is it done in spine surgery?

The Role of Bone Graft in Spinal Fusion Surgery

Bone graft refers to the use of bone in spinal fusion surgery. Spine surgeons can use bone graft to stop motion between two or more vertebral bodies, stabilize a corrected spinal deformity, or repair spinal fractures. There are two general types of bone grafts: real bone and bone graft substitutes.

Spinal Surgery Complications Animation

Spine surgery comes with risks, and in this short animation, you'll learn about possible spine surgery complications. This will help you make an informed decision about your back pain treatment plan.

Questions About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Answered

The minimally invasive approach is ideal for procedures that treat nerve compression (eg, herniated disc). However, MIS techniques can also be utilized in more complex procedures that require spinal stabilization using interbody devices (eg, cage), screws, and rods.

Understanding Lumbar Fusion Surgery

The goal of lumbar fusion surgery is to relieve pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, restore nerve function and stop or prevent abnormal motion in the spine. This is done by fusing the vertebrae together.

What Is Spinal Instrumentation and Spinal Fusion?

In this article, learn about the history of spinal instrumentation and fusion, and the hardware used in these procedures.

Cigarette Smoking and Its Impact on Spinal Fusions

Smoking cigarettes weakens the body's systems and does not let them function normally due to the increased levels of toxins in the body.

Spine Surgery Overview

Is spine surgery your only option for back pain? This article helps patients understand when a spine procedure may be recommended. Furthermore, learn about the differences between an open approach and minimally invasive spine surgery.

What is Pain Management?

What happens when back pain doesn't go away? Doctor Santhosh Thomas provides information about pain and pain management.

Low-dose Opioids May Help Patients Confront Chronic Back Pain

Opioids in various forms—pills, syrups, anal suppositories, injections, intravenous applications, and skin patches—make life easier for countless people who live with debilitating pain.

Tactical Treatments Help Manage Neck and Back Pain

Pain management specialists provide many different treatments, including activity modification, medications, therapeutic injections, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Learn about more about treatment and questions you should ask.

Interspinous Process Decompression

Discover how interspinous process decompression (IPD)—a minimally invasive spine surgery—can ease your back pain, and learn about its benefits and risks. Also, learn why IPD, such as the X-STOP implant, is used to treat spinal stenosis.

Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty, Vertebral Augmentation Implant: Treatments for Spinal Compression Fractures

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty help to relieve the pain associated with osteoporotic compression fractures and involve the injection of medical grade cement into fractured vertebrae. These procedures relieve pain, and reduce and stabilize fractures.

Biofeedback: Questions and Answers

Biofeedback is an alternative treatment where a patient is trained to control physiological functions and repress pain.
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