Back pain is often treatable with home care or physical therapy and medication, but when your pain persists or worsens, you might need a more advanced approach. The highly skilled neurosurgeons at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center in Sandy Springs, College Park, and Bethlehem, Georgia, provide expert services for the treatment of back pain, including minimally invasive spine surgery. If you have back trouble, don't let it get any worse. Call Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center today to schedule a consultation, or book your visit online.
There are a number of reasons why you might have back pain. Sometimes it's due to an internal disorder like a kidney infection, but most back pain develops because of a problem with your musculoskeletal system, such as fractured vertebrae, torn or strained muscles, disc problems, or pinched nerves.
Some of the conditions that most commonly cause back pain include:
These conditions generally cause chronic pain, often due to pressure or irritation of the nerves in and around your spine. Injuries to your back from overexertion, poor posture, lifting heavy weights, moving awkwardly, falls, and other traumas are also common, but tend to result in acute pain.
Most spinal disorders and injuries tend to cause lumbar (lower back) pain or cervical (neck) pain.
Like most musculoskeletal disorders, back pain usually requires a course of physical therapy to ease inflammation and help the tissues to heal. Physical therapy is also vital to prevent injured tissues and keep the muscles from shortening or stiffening and making you even more immobile.
You might also benefit from taking medication to reduce pain and inflammation, along with passive treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), laser therapy, massage, or therapeutic ultrasound.
When these treatments fail to relieve your back pain, other options include:
Some patients might require surgery to relieve their back pain.
Surgery for your back pain aims to address the cause of your problem, so if you have a herniated disc that's pressing on a nerve, disc decompression surgery might be necessary.
Some of the advanced surgical procedures the Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center team specializes in include:
Advances in technology and new approaches to spine surgery enable the surgeons at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center to perform these procedures using minimally invasive techniques in most cases. That means less pain, shorter recovery, minimal scarring, and fewer risks compared to open surgery.
Find out how you can put back pain behind you by calling Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center today or booking an appointment online.