When you come to VOSS for your spinal treatments, our specialists understand that back pain is a personal matter that requires individual assessment. Surgery may be an option, but it isn’t for everybody, and our experts at The Spine Center of Hampton Roads are committed to exploring many possibilities that do not involve surgery:
- Physical Therapy – Under the watchful eyes of an experienced physical therapist, physical therapy can help patients suffering from musculoskeletal and spinal issues regain their range of motion and build strength in weak muscles. Special exercises and programs can also help to reduce inflammation and pain along the back and neck. We partner with In Motion Physical Therapy, a comprehensive physical therapy services network located through Hampton Roads, to offer these services to our patients.
- Medications – Oral medications can help back pain sufferers control their pain. Advances in medication mean that patients are not getting better, longer-lasting pain control without having to take so many pills.
- Steroid Injections – For patients suffering from conditions like pinched nerves or herniated discs who want to avoid surgery, epidural steroid injections can help manage pain. Those who receive injections can expect pain relief that lasts months – or, in some cases, years.
When non-invasive pain control fails and spine surgery does become necessary – new minimally invasive surgical options mean that patients can expect better outcomes than ever before. With less blood loss, a lower risk of infection and fewer scars, minimally invasive spine surgery is helping patients get back to their daily activities faster and with less pain.
Dr. Mark Kerner, of The Spine Center of Hampton Roads, specializes in minimally invasive surgery, the treatment of painful cervical disks, and the care of patients with failed back surgery. Dr. Kerner completed a post-graduate fellowship in Spine Surgery at the San Francisco Spine Institute. In addition to his surgical training, Dr. Kerner places significant emphasis on non-operative treatments of back pain.
Contact VOSS and the Spine Center today to learn how our experts can help you on the path towards good spinal health (757) 397-6930.