Back pain is incredibly common, affecting approximately 80% of people at some point in their lifetime. But while back pain is just an annoyance or inconvenience for some, it can be a more significant issue for others.
In fact, back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a top cause of missed workdays among Americans. Back pain and spinal issues can be intense enough to disrupt normal daily activities, negatively impacting quality of life and productivity.
While in many cases back pain can be alleviated with minor treatment options, including at-home care, over-the-counter medications or prescriptions, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes anatomical issues or other underlying causes of pain require surgical intervention.
Types of Spine Surgery
When conservative treatment is not enough, you have other options. Our team of orthopedic and spinal specialists offers the expertise and care needed to help you find surgical relief.
Conditions such as herniated disks, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis are often alleviated through surgical intervention. The team at Abrazo Health offers a full spectrum of spinal surgeries, including:
- Diskectomy, which removes the herniated portion of a disk in the back
- Kyphoplasty, which, like vertebroplasty, injects cement into bone in the spine but does so using a balloon to carve out a cavity or space first
- Laminectomy, which enlarges the surgical column when it has narrowed due to stenosis
- Spinal fusion, which welds two vertebrae in the back or neck together to stabilize them
- Vertebroplasty, which injects cement into bone in the spine to keep it from collapsing
What to Expect After Spine Surgery
Recovery after spine surgery will vary depending on the type of surgical procedure and your individual health and needs. In general, your doctor will likely recommend some type of over-the-counter pain medication or prescribe a medication that will help alleviate discomfort as you recover.
Because recovery can be complex, your physician will also likely recommend physical and possibly occupational therapy to help you regain mobility and ability. Therapy can also help you learn new techniques to protect your spine and prevent future difficulties.
Carefully following your prescribed recovery regimen helps you get back on your feet and on a journey back to good health as soon as possible.
When conservative treatment isn’t enough to take care of your back pain, you have options. The team of specialists at Abrazo can help you find relief. Call (602) 674-6588 to schedule an appointment.
Sources: National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, American Association of Neurology Surgeons, Radiology Info, American Academy of Family Physicians, Medline Plus, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons