To manage spine disease, your doctor may recommend the following nonsurgical treatments and measures:
- Medications: Depending on the severity of your condition your doctor may recommend NSAIDs, prescription pain medications, muscle relaxants, and steroids. Spinal steroid injections can help target inflammation at a specific site.
- Exercise: A good exercise routine consisting of stretching, strengthening and aerobic activity can help reduce pain and promote healing.
- Physical therapy: A specific program can be designed based on your symptoms and activities. It can include heat and ice application, stretching, massage therapy, spinal manipulation and mobilization techniques, ultrasound, TENS and exercises that strengthen the core muscles supporting the spine.
- Acupuncture: This treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into specific parts of your body, corresponding to nerve pathways. The needles are left in for about 20 to 40 minutes. Acupuncture may work by increasing blood flow or causing the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
- Weight loss: Losing weight is recommended as it helps reduce stress on the vertebral joints and Discs.
- Ergonomic adjustments: This includes techniques to reduce stress on the spine during activities and work. It may include education on posture, avoiding static positions, correct lifting techniques, and proper footwear.
- Smoking cessation: Smoking can affect blood circulation and delay healing, so it is best to quit when recovering from Disc disease.
Your rehabilitation team consists of physical therapists, orthopedic doctors, massage therapists and athletic trainers (in case of rehabilitation for sports injuries). The rehabilitation team works on various physical activities and flexibility exercises that help to regain the strength and motion of the injured site.
Advantages of Rehabilitation
The advantages of the rehabilitation program include:
- Stretching and bending exercises improve the flexibility of the injured site.
- Massage relieves the tension of the muscles and improves the blood flow to the injury site.
- Rehabilitation restores the functions and movements of the broken or injured joints.
- Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
- Advanced Pain Management
- Laser Disc Surgery (PLDD)
- Spinal Epiduroscopy (Endoscopy)
- Regenerative and Stem Cell Service
- Non-Surgical and Rehabilitation Service
- Back Pain
- Spinal Fusion
- Spinal Stenosis
- Radiofrequency Denervation (Radiofrequency Ablation)
- Spinal Ozone Therapy
- Spinal Injections