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A guide on the causes of back pain and related symptoms provided for patients in Cincinnati who are considering Laser Spine Institute

Man with Back Pain

Living with chronic or severe back pain can be debilitating. In fact, nearly 60 percent of American adults will experience some type of pain during their adult life. Though approximately 90 percent of these will find relief through conservative treatments, a small portion will require surgical treatment.

At Laser Spine Institute we understand that having chronic or severe pain greatly impacts a patient’s ability to enjoy simple day-to-day activities. For that reason, we are committed not only to treating the most common conditions, but also the chronic pain and symptoms that accompany those conditions. Some of the symptoms commonly treated at our Cincinnati center include:

  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Trouble sleeping comfortably
  • Pain in an isolated area of the neck or back
  • Pain in the legs or arms
  • Inability to sit for a prolonged period of time without pain
  • Burning sensations
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Inability to walk or stand for long periods of time

Living with these symptoms can make even the simplest activities seem mountainous, which is why our expert surgeons are dedicated to treating as many patients as possible through our minimally invasive spine surgery.

Commonly seen conditions

The pain and symptoms generally associated with the most common spine conditions can be devastating to a person’s quality of life. At Laser Spine Institute we see and treat a number of common conditions on a daily basis, which is why we are dedicated to helping as many people as possible find relief.

Conditions that we see and treat on a daily basis include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet disease
  • Bulging disc
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Annular tear
  • Ruptured disc
  • Degenerative disc disease

If left untreated, these conditions can cause severe and lasting pain and symptoms. At Laser Spine Institute we are dedicated to providing patients with the highest level of care and service in order to treat these and other conditions.

Types of treatment available for back pain

Before recommending that patients look into surgery as an available option, we always encourage looking into conservative treatment options. These types of treatments can include swimming, low-impact exercise, stretching, physical therapy and massage therapy. Though these treatments are effective for some patients, for others these will only mask the pain and symptoms for a short time.

At Laser Spine Institute we specialize in treating the most common conditions that cause debilitating pain and symptoms. Performed through a small incision, our minimally invasive procedures are often the clinically appropriate first choice and provide many advantages versus open neck or back surgery. Laser Spine Institute generally offers two categories of surgeries: minimally invasive decompression (MID) and minimally invasive stabilization (MIS).

During a minimally invasive decompression procedure, the surgeon uses a series of dilating tubes to access the impacted area. This method spares the surrounding muscles and tissue from being cut or torn. Patients who require stabilization of the spine may benefit from minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Laser Spine Institute specializes in a variety of stabilization procedures. These outpatient procedures are performed through a small incision, also sparing the muscles from being cut or torn. The major difference between minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization surgery is that decompression only removes part of the diseased disc or vertebrae to decompress the impacted nerve in the spinal canal, and stabilization removes the entire disc or vertebrae to decompress the nerve and then inserts an implant into the now-empty space in the spine for stabilization.

Patient-centered care is what makes Laser Spine Institute the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. We have a patient satisfaction score of 98 and patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^ For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today.