Back and neck pains happen to the healthiest of people. One night of sleeping in an awkward position, or a minor fall at home or work, is all it takes to cause discomfort. Minor aches, however, are easily treated and don’t necessarily return. Chronic back and neck pain brought on by serious injuries or illness may require more than an over-the-counter supplement or medicated patch.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, our physicians offer patients different options to help patients manage back and neck problems. When pain affects the spinal area, you may struggle to complete the simplest of tasks and experience discomfort while sitting. The right method to improve your quality of life depends on the severity of your illness or injury.
Different treatments are available. Reduction and management of back and neck pain can range from regular physical therapy sessions to minimally invasive surgery. Procedures offered at Bon Secours VOSS include:
- Spinal Fusion – As the name implies, in this procedure two or more vertebrae are fused so they will move as one. This prevents pain caused by damaged bones, and is a procedure common among patients with fractured spines or scoliosis.
- Discectomy – During a discectomy, the surgeon removes a herniated disc to prevent pinched nerves and to reduce pain. Herniated discs may occur following injury or due to degeneration with age.
- Laminectomy – This procedure relieves pressure on nerves in the spine. It is a common surgery where the back of one or more vertebrae is removed.
Recovery time will vary. Patients who undergo surgery for back pain may need anywhere from one to three weeks or more to recover. You also may not be able to drive, or sleep in certain positions, for some time afterward. It’s important to discuss aftercare with your physician as you prepare for treatment.
Returning to favorite activities is possible. Once the recovery period ends, you may wish to resume hobbies and sports you enjoy – golfing, cycling, swimming. Before you pick up the clubs again, you’ll want to consult with your physician and/or physical therapist to ensure further procedures aren’t needed.
Bon Secours VOSS offers patients suffering back and joint pain a full continuum of care. If you have questions about our procedures and therapies, contact us today.