Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45? Studies show that about 80% of citizens will struggle with back pain at some point in their lives and an estimated 26 million are already dealing with it. Most of the time, this pain can be addressed through various, more conservative methods, like stretching, pain medication and physical therapy. However, about 10% of the time, patients find no relief using these non-operative methods and are recommended for spine surgery.
While most forms of back pain are typically just sprained, strained or inflamed muscles or ligaments, there are numerous spine issues that can cause severe amounts of pain and require surgery to address. Listed below are a few of the conditions that Atlantic Brain & Spine can resolve through minimally invasive spine surgery and its cutting edge technology.
The first step in this process is to identify your pain level.
Back pain of any kind can have an enormous effect on your quality of life, but not all of it needs to be treated through surgery. However, it’s important to note that frequent and daily pain is not normal. Use the chart below to see how your pain measures up:Did you rank yourself at a 4 or higher? Have you exhausted all of the more conservative options to dealing with your back pain? If so, it may be time to start considering a minimally invasive spinal surgery. At Atlantic Brain & Spine, our board-certified spine surgeons have been trained in the latest technology and can perform your procedure at a level of accuracy unprecedented by traditional open-back surgery. As a matter of fact, most of our surgeries require less than a one inch incision and are accurate to a degree of 1.5 millimeters. For scale, that’s about the width of a quarter. This helps avoid muscle disruption, a common occurrence in open-back surgery and significantly reduces the amount of time you have to spend in the hospital.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about both your surgical and non-surgical options for treating your back pain.