All About Back Pain Treatments

Pain Control After Surgery: A Patient's Guide

Pain control after surgery. This guide is provided by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Public Health Service.

Physical Therapy Overview

As team players, the spine specialist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist all work together with the patient and family members to aid in the patient's recovery process.

Narcotics

Narcotics may be prescribed to control more serious pain. These are classified as controlled substances and are addictive.

Bryan

The Bryan® cervical disc prosthesis is at the forefront of cervical arthroplasty and is available today. However, many questions about cervical disc replacement remain to be answered and include the effect to adjacent spinal levels and the device's longevity.

Bryan

The criteria for selection for placement of the Bryan® disc prosthesis are more strict than that for anterior cervical fusion surgery.The technique for implanting the Bryan artificial disc are explained and illustrated.

Stabilization Training

Research indicates an association between chronic low back pain and muscle weakness. The trunk and pelvic muscles are most affected. Lumbar stabilization training can improve the strength, endurance, balance and control of these muscles.

Coping with Arthritis

In the past, doctors advised arthritis patients to rest and avoid exercise. Rest remains important, but doing nothing results in weak muscles, stiff joints, reduced mobility, and lost vitality.

Massage: What Should I Expect?

Learn what to expect when you start getting massage therapy.

Pain Management of Spinal Disorders

Lifestyle issues, therapeutic exercise, medications, injections, alternative treatments and possibly surgery are addressed in the treatment of pain.

Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist

Your 'how to' guide to prepare for your visit to a physical therapist.

Post-op Spine Care Recovery Tips

Your doctor and post­-operative physical therapist will know what's best for your back after surgery. Don't ignore their advice, even if it feels like you're ready to run that marathon.

Spine Surgery Treatments That Decompress Nerves

Laminotomy and Laminectomy,the spinal canal may narrow due to spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or bone spurs. This procedure widens the space of the spinal canal by removing a section of bone called the lamina.

Spine Surgery: The Last Resort

Most back surgery is done to relieve pressure from the nerve or stabilize a segment of the spine.The causes of pinched nerves are many, including vertebral fractures, bulging discs, or bone spurs, just to name a few. Different reasons, different surgical options.

Spinal Fusion, Dynamic Fusion, and Disc Replacement

If the spine becomes too unstable, conditions and pain may worsen. The goal of this type of surgery is to stabilize the vertebrae.

Questions to Ask Your Physiatrist

How to be better prepared for your appointment with a physiatrist includes knowing questions to ask. Bring this list with you so that you're prepared for your appointment with the physiatrist.
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