13 Sep What Can a Spine Surgeon Offer?
Spine surgeons can offer a range of procedures and treatments, including both surgical and non-surgical ones. The following are just some of the many treatments that you can expect from a qualified spine surgeon. Some focus on spine problems that occur naturally. Others treat issues that arise from car accidents or slip and fall injuries. Yet, others work with either.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
This surgery removes diseased or herniated discs in addition to relieving radiating arm and neck pain that was due to the disc pressing on the nerve roots.
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
ALIF is a treatment commonly used to treat leg or back pain that is due to degenerative disc disease. In this procedure, the surgeon uses bone graft material to fuse vertebrae together.
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
A cervical epidural injection can relieve pain in the arms, shoulders, and neck that occurs due to pinched nerves in your cervical spine. That compression can occur due to conditions like spinal stenosis or herniated discs, and lead to pain and/or inflammation. The steroids injected help to reduce nerve swelling.
Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
This surgery helps compressed spinal nerves in the neck by providing more space. It can help relieve pain-causing pressure from degenerative or herniated discs.
This procedure treats herniated discs, which are bulging discs in the spine. Once the bulge is removed, there is reduced pressure on the nerves, which relieves pain in the legs and lower back.
This is a procedure to relieve pressure on the spine’s nerve roots. Laminectomies are most common pain for treating stenosis-related pain.
A lumbar corpectomy relieves pain from damaged or diseased vertebrae bone that pinches or blocks nerve roots. It can also help correct deformities in the spinal column.
Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
This is a minimally invasive procedure. Lumbar disc microsurgery reduces pain associated with sciatica and reduces pressure felt on the nerve roots due to a herniated disc.
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
This injection helps relieve pain in the lower back as well as radiating in the legs. The use of steroids in the injection reduces inflammation and swelling from spinal conditions.
Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion (IBF)
Lumbar IBF is a less invasive method of spinal fusion and it is commonly used to treat degenerative disc disease that leads to back pain. Given that more than 264 million people lose at least one workday from lower back pain, this is important.
Micro Endoscopic Posterior Cervical Discectomy
This surgery removes portions of diseased or herniated discs. The goal of micro endoscopic posterior cervical discectomy is to relieve radiating arm and neck pain due to the pressure on the nerve roots.
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
PLIF helps treat the pain in the legs or back due to degenerative disc disease. It involves using bone graft material to fuse vertebrae.
Spinal fusion refers to permanently joining at least two vertebral bones together. This surgery improves spine stability. Spinal fusions are incredibly common, with an estimated 1.62 million annually, according to iData Research.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are tender areas and typically occur where a ligament or muscle is inserted by a joint. This procedure injects a local anesthetic that may also contain a steroid.
Talk to Your Spine Surgeon
Every spine surgeon will have a slightly different range of treatments available, although the best should offer all of the above. Talk to your spine surgeon to learn more about the treatments that may be useful in your situation.
At New York Spine Specialist, we treat patients for acute and chronic pain after auto accidents and work-related injuries. If you are experiencing pain, call us to make an appointment at (516) 355-0111. We are here to help and offer the right treatment for your condition.