All About Back Pain Treatments

Laparoscopic Spinal Fusion

By using special instrumentation and scopes, laparoscopic spinal fusion requires only a small incision in the back. There are numerous benefits to this approach, the most significant being reduced hospital stay and less recuperation time.

Lumbar Fusion Animation

This animation clearly illustrates how a lumbar spinal fusion is done by a spine surgeon.

Physical Therapy Evaluation for Low Back Pain

A physical therapy evaluation includes a discussion of the patient's symptoms such as how pain developed, past episodes, and activities that aggravate the condition.

Herbal Supplements: Consider Safety, Too

A fact sheet containing important safety information about the use of herbal supplements and claimed health benefits.

Herbal Supplements for Back Pain

If you have back or neck pain and want to explore alternatives to conventional drugs and medications, herbal supplements may be an option. Herbal supplements are natural and often possess medicinal properties, but they can pose safety concerns.

Video: Microendoscopic Spinal Surgery

Dr. Richard Fessler, a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery, explains the various techniques. He discusses microendoscopic spinal surgery in this video.

Effectiveness of Spinal Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

Physicans are seeing more patients with osteoarthritis, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. This trend is expected to continue as the American population ages.

Pain Control After Surgery: Breathing for Relaxation

Pain control after spine surgery may include breathing exercises for relaxation.

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

PLIF is a spinal fusion that is performed from the back, by placing bone or cages within the disc space. Learn more about this effective surgical treatment here.

Laparoscopic Lumbar Spinal Techniques

Minimally invasive spine surgery may involve the use of endoscopes; devices that offer surgeons enhanced visualization capabilities that help to reduce complications, blood loss, and fusion disease.

Charité Artificial Disc: Single-Level Lumbar Disc Disease

Patients involved in the Charité Artificial Disc clinical trials reported a significant decrease in pain after the surgery.

Magnets: Findings from Scientific Studies and Clinical Trials

The research findings so far do not firmly support claims that magnets are effective for the treatment of pain.

Patients' Rights and Informed Consent

Patients rights and informed consent are guidelines designed to help establish a stronger relationship of trust among consumers, health care professionals, health care institutions and health plans.

Scrambler Therapy Treats Neuropathic and Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

Scrambler technology (Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment) is a non-invasive therapy that treats neuropathic and chronic pain by surface electro-stimulation.

Spine Surgery: PreOperative Questions

Patients have many questions about surgery. Answers to some of these questions include topics such as anesthesia, recovery time, physical therapy, and cost.
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