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Published on January 06, 2014

Living with Back Pain Isn't Really Living

More than 80 percent of us will experience a significant episode of back pain at some point in our lives, and it's often caused by a lifting injury.

Most back injuries involve the soft tissues and muscles surrounding the spine. More significant back injuries involve the discs, vertebrae and adjacent spinal cord and/or spinal nerves.

Common back and spine issues include:

  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Dislocations and fractures
  • Ruptured, bulging, or herniated disk
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spinal tumors and cysts

Conservative Approach

When you’re in pain, you want immediate relief. But not all back pain needs surgery. That’s why you will be evaluated by a physician to determine what is causing your pain and then discuss the best treatment options for you and your lifestyle.

Our spine care team offers several traditional and nontraditional approaches to spine care. Conservative treatment options include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Injection Therapy
  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Pain management
  • Chiropractic care

Surgical Approach

Spine surgery has become quite sophisticated and often much less invasive than it used to be. Recovery time is often shorter, pain is more manageable, rehabilitation is much faster, and outcomes are greatly improved. Surgeons have better technology to diagnose the source of back and leg pain and tailor the procedure to a specific diagnosis. Surgical procedures include:

  • Discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Cord Stimulators

Support & Follow-up

Pre- & Post-Surgical Education

You will be less anxious and more willing to take an active role in your recovery and rehabilitation after surgery if you are well informed about what to expect before, during and after your surgery.

Physical Therapy

Whether your treatment plan is conservative or surgical, physical therapy will most likely be included. Our spine-trained physical therapists treat patients with best practice programs for the neck and back, under the medical direction of your physician.

Pain Management

Acute pain, chronic illness, sports injuries and other conditions can all require advanced pain management. We offer the expertise to diagnose and treat pain with the latest medications, interventional techniques and support through a multidisciplinary team of experts.

For More Information

Several Wheaton hospitals treat back pain and can help you get back to the things you love to do most. Learn more about them here and schedule an appointment today:

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