Experiencing back pain or a traumatic back or neck injury can be debilitating and frightening. Working with an experienced spinal surgeon who can evaluate the extent of your injuries and devise a treatment plan can give you some peace of mind as you begin your recovery journey.
There are numerous specific conditions that can affect your spinal health and stability, and almost as many treatment options. Selecting the right treatment plan for you can be overwhelming, but your skilled spinal surgeon in Tampa can discuss with you the pros and cons of each treatment option and help you come to a decision in which you can feel confident.
Types of Spine Treatment and Repair
The most common spine treatments are surgical and nonsurgical treatment – which is sometimes referred to as the so-called conservative approach. Many spinal patients opt to work with a spinal surgeon who is willing to try a multi-faceted treatment approach, such as turning to surgical care only after nonsurgical options have been exhausted.
In other instances, patients may benefit from working with a surgeon who has the experience to ascertain when the spinal surgery is necessary and ought to be completed as soon as possible rather than waiting for the patient to try nonsurgical treatments that will ultimately be unsuccessful.
Nonsurgical Spinal Injury Treatment
Nonsurgical treatment of spinal injuries includes but is not limited to:
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Exercise programs
- Pain medications
Surgical Spinal Injury Treatment
When patients’ pain is not relieved with conservative nonsurgical approaches, a spinal surgeon may recommend moving forward with surgical spine treatment procedures including:
- Stabilizing vertebral bones and spinal joints
- Repair of herniated discs or spinal stenosis
- Decompression of discs in the spine
- Surgical spinal fusion techniques
- Discectomy and laminectomy
- Bone grafting
Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery of the spine involves a smaller incision, rather than so-called open spinal surgery, in which the surgeon makes a long incision and moves or retracts the muscles and surrounding tissues to the side.
Open spinal surgery was once much more common, but today most surgical procedures can be performed through minimally invasive surgery instead to treat spine injuries.
The advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include a shorter recovery time, less pain in recovery, less damage to muscle and tissue near the spine, less bleeding, and sometimes less expense since the minimally invasive surgery is usually not as time-consuming and requires less time spent in the hospital.
Open Spinal Surgery
A few problems with the neck and back simply cannot be addressed in any other way besides traditional open spine surgery. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to when open surgery is required, though. Rather, the spinal surgeon makes the decision based on each individual case.
The primary advantage of open spine surgery is the surgeon’s ability to see clearly the portion of the spine that is damaged or needs repair.
Consulting an Experienced Spinal Surgeon
No matter what kind of neck or back pain you are experiencing, or whether your problem can be addressed through a nonsurgical intervention or will require surgery, an experienced spinal surgeon can evaluate your case and make recommendations for how to begin your path to recovery from spinal pain.