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Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common cause for visits to the doctor. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), low back pain is the second most common neurological problem in the U.S., and Americans spend an average of $50 billion per year treating low back pain.

Most low back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects. Lower back pain is more likely to occur in individuals between the ages of 30 and 50. This is partly due to the changes that occur in the body with aging.

Because the cause of typical lower back pain is related to a number of different things, including muscle strain and weakness, pinched nerves, and spinal cord misalignment, there is a wide variety of medical treatments such as medications, medical appliances, and physical therapy.

Your doctor will determine the appropriate treatment based on diagnosis and symptoms.

Neck Pain

Your neck (cervical spine) is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical disks absorb shock between the bones in which the bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.

Many people experience neck pain or stiffness in the neck occasionally. In many cases, it is due to poor posture, normal wear and tear, or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.

Treatment for neck pain will depend on the diagnosis. If symptoms persist for more than a week, consult with your doctor.

Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Minimally invasive neck surgery is an effective alternative to highly invasive open neck surgery. Because of technological advances in the use of minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery, risky open neck surgery is no longer the only option for patients who have been unable to achieve relief from neck pain and other symptoms through the use of conservative treatment methods.

The main difference between the two surgeries is that traditional open neck surgery requires overnight hospitalization and a long recovery, while minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Minimally invasive surgery requires only a small incision for targeted access to the anatomical abnormality and does not require bulky hardware or muscle disruption. In addition, minimally invasive procedures carry much less risk of infection and other side effects, and require a far shorter period for recuperation than open neck or back surgery.