Do You Know Your Options?

For years, back pain sufferers and individuals with limited spinal mobility have relied on pain management medications as one of few reasonable alternatives to surgery. For those individuals who had adverse reactions to the medications or who were not advised to take the medications due to incompatibility with other meds or susceptibility to addiction, surgery was the only long-term solution. The caveat is that some individuals are also not the best candidates for surgery due to frailty, heart conditions, sensitivities, or age.

Spine specialists and neuroscientists are working on clinical trials and investigations of devices that can be implanted into the spine in a minimally invasive way, with local anesthetic dependencies only, so that pain and immobility can be eradicated long-term for patients who should avoid medication, surgery, or both.

The further benefit is that with smaller incisions and less tissue damage from these less invasive procedures, recovery pain is more controlled too. In this way, recovery is faster and pain is manageable with minimal medication intervention and commitment to physical therapy, exercise, heat, ice, and osteopathy.

Speak with a specialist to determine your best route of pain reduction or eradication and stay informed about modern, upcoming motion preservation devices and procedures for consideration among other options.