This overview explains the different spinal treatments available today.
The spinal column is under constant stress during our day-to-day lives. It should therefore come as no surprise that many times we experience problems with our spine, such as low back pain and even tingling and numbness in the feet. Spinal treatments are various and bring with them the benefit of enhancing mobility, reducing pain and increasing the ability to perform day-to-day activities.
Spinal conditions are many and varied, and can include those that affect not just the lower back but also the upper and middle back. Pain is the most common complaint that patients present with when they visit a doctor’s practice. Spondylosis, ligament tears, strains and sprains and deep-seated backaches are often seen in spinal clinics.
In order to treat each of these conditions, there are different spinal treatments that are available. While some of them may appear rather simple, new treatments have emerged that are complex, yet when performed in the hands of an expert can have a remarkable results.
Simple treatments for spinal conditions include wearing a cervical collar for cervical spondylosis, wearing a belt around the waist for lumbar spondylosis and so on. Painkillers are commonplace and the role of the physical therapist has already been well-established.
Newer treatments such as minimally invasive surgical approaches have now emerged. These can be utilized in managing conditions such as spondylolisthesis, lumbar disc prolapse and cord compression within the spinal cord. Minimally invasive surgical treatments have the advantage of being performed through only a small incision with very minimal bleeding and risk to the patient. Despite taking a fair while to perform, the long-term outcomes can be excellent and the patient’s quality of life can improve remarkably. One of the main advantages of performing new minimally invasive surgeries is that the time spent in the hospital is cut down significantly. Furthermore, the chance of having pain and developing an infection is extremely low.
Other spinal treatments include spinal decompression surgery and surgical treatment of spinal stenosis. Injury to the spinal cord may occur following a road traffic accident and patients may require decompression of the spine under general anesthesia (which is usually performed as an emergency).
Other common spinal treatments include lateral interbody fusion, lumbar disc replacement, spinal fusion and cyber knife therapy.
Spinal treatments are many and are individualized according to the patient’s condition and prior quality of life. When performed in the hands of an expert, long-term outcomes can be excellent and patients can continue to lead the life they always dreamed of.