Spinal conditions affect your quality of life because you will not manage to sit, walk or stand without feeling pain. If you do not get immediate treatment, you will risk taking lots of over-the-counter pain medication without much improvement. Dr. Evan O’Brien Woodbury is a specialist in spine conditions in New Jersey. The team ensures you live a pain-free life because they treat even the most complex spine conditions.
Various conditions affect the spine. Might you have constant neck pain and think it is because of poor sleeping position or posture, while in fact, you suffer from a spine condition. Other spine conditions include;
- Back pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Neck Pain
- Herniated Discs
- Spinal fractures
- Degenerative disc diseases
- Spinal Arthritis
After you visit a health facility, the spine specialist will take down your history and perform a medical examination. The doctor can request further tests such as an X-ray to evaluate your spine’s condition further. Depending on the results, the doctor can recommend treatment.
1. Medication or Physical Therapy
The doctor can recommend medication or physical therapy if your condition is not adverse. If the condition causes persistent pain, you will receive epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections. These injections help block nerves that transmit pain impulses to the brain.
2. Minimally Invasive Procedures
If your condition requires advanced intervention, the doctor will perform radiofrequency ablation, which involves heating part of the pain transmitting nerve with a radiofrequency needle. Therefore pain signals do not reach the brain. The doctor can also recommend spinal cord stimulator treatment, which disrupts the transmission of pain signals to your brain, or the spinal pump gets the medication to the source of the pain. If you have a fractured vertebra, the doctor will prescribe a kyphoplasty procedure which involves injecting bone cement through a small hole in the skin to the broken area, thereby eliminating the pain.
3. Surgical Procedures
- Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery is preferable because it uses smaller incisions; therefore, you will heal faster.
- Lumbar laminectomy and cervical laminectomy involve removing bony walls and any bony spurs, therefore eliminating pressure on the nerves.
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion are conducted on the neck to remove the damaged disc, relieve the nerve pressure and eliminate pain. The doctor will then place a bone graft or implant to replace the removed disc.
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion is performed in the lower back to remove the damaged disc and improve the stability of the remaining discs.
- Posterior cervical fusions involve mending two or more cervical spine bones together. The doctor performs an incision on the back of your neck.
- Lateral lumbar interbody fusions surgery targets the lower back and involves fusing two or more vertebrae to create stability and decompress nerves.
- Artificial disc replacement surgery on cervical lumbar involves replacing damaged discs with artificial discs.
- Posterior lumbar interbody fusions
- Adult deformity correction surgery
If you suffer from a spine condition that has proved untreatable, Woodbury Spine is a clinic that offers innovative and cutting-edge treatments to ensure your quality of life improves. Make a call or book an appointment online and get to know all about their treatments, and collaboratively choose the best treatment for your case.