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Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? Minimally Invasive Alternatives

When you’re faced with the possibility of spine surgery, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious about the potential risks and recovery process. But here at Spine Team Texas, surgery is considered a last resort, and even then – there are minimally invasive alternatives available. 

In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the less invasive options for managing spine-related pain and conditions and discuss their potential benefits.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation 

If your back pain or condition is mild to moderate then physical therapy and rehabilitation can be highly effective. Under the guidance of a trained professional, a custom treatment plan built up of targeted exercises, stretches, and other techniques can help strengthen the surrounding muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. Physical therapy can also enhance posture and body mechanics, reducing the strain on the spine to prevent future injury.

Epidural Steroid Injections 

Epidural steroid injections involve the administration of corticosteroid medications directly into the affected area of the spine. These injections can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain caused by conditions such as herniated discs or spinal nerve compression. While the effects are temporary, they can provide significant relief, giving you your life back, while also allowing you to engage in physical therapy or other non-surgical treatments without constant pain.

Minimally Invasive Surgeries 

If more conservative routes fail, there are several minimally invasive pain management techniques available. These may include Intracept, spinal cord stimulation, or radiofrequency ablation. These procedures aim to interrupt pain signals and provide relief without the need for serious surgery, and can have you home and in your own bed the same day. They can be effective for conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or chronic back pain.

What Are The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Alternatives?

As you might have been able to tell from what has been said so far, there are a variety of benefits to choosing minimally invasive, or even non-invasive, treatment options. But ultimately, the most prevalent benefits boil down to the following:

  • Reduced risk of complications: Minimally invasive procedures generally involve smaller incisions, resulting in decreased blood loss, lower risk of infection, and reduced scarring.
  • Quicker recovery: With less tissue trauma, patients often experience shorter hospital stays, faster healing, and a quicker return to daily activities.
  • Less post-operative pain: Minimally invasive techniques are designed to minimize damage to muscles and tissues, leading to less post-operative pain and discomfort.
  • Improved cosmetic results: Smaller incisions result in smaller scars, leading to improved cosmetic outcomes.

While spine surgery may be necessary in some cases, it should be ruled out until more conservative routes have been taken. From there, minimally invasive surgeries should be considered to reduce risks and improve quality of life with less recovery time. 

If you’re experiencing back pain, reach out today to get started with a minimally invasive treatment plan.