When you need relief from back pain, there are a variety of treatment options that can be explored. Treatment options include medication, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. For patients who need surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is an effective approach that means small incisions, shorter hospital stays and less scarring.
With minimally invasive spine surgery, physicians use specially designed surgical tools that require much smaller incisions. They also cause less damage to the surrounding tissue. 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. However, most likely, 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
Learn more about a unique spine surgery program at the Sentara Back & Neck Center.