When you need relief from back pain, there are a variety of treatment options that can be explored, including medication, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is an effective approach that means small incisions, shorter hospital stays and less scarring.
With minimally invasive spinal surgery, physicians use specially designed surgical tools that are more precise, cause less damage to the surrounding tissue and require much smaller incisions. These benefits promote a faster recovery for the patient.
Do You Have Low Back Pain?
Low back pain is common. Causes may include ruptured or herniated discs; osteoarthritis, where discs or vertebrae deteriorate; sprains; infections; inflammation; and tumors, although these are rare.
Usually back pain is a cumulative result of years of misuse or overuse. Many people think that one movement caused their problem, when in actuality, it was the same movement over a period of time. Most back pain is temporary and is treatable medically or with physical therapy. But for some, surgery is the best course.
One common procedure that we can now perform with minimally invasive spine surgery is removing herniated discs that are putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots and causing pain.
Types of Spine Surgery
For patients experiencing acute back or neck pain, treatment may begin at Sentara Martha Jefferson’s Back and Neck Center.