Day to day living is directly affected by our sensations. When the persistent sensation is pain, our desire or ability to perform tasks normally may be inhibited. People who face frequent or chronic back pain often turn to over-the-counter medications and rest. Initially, these steps may keep pain to a minimum. However, if the underlying cause of back pain is not identified, the source of pain may not get the treatment needed to stop pain from progressing.
It is no secret that many people fear the concept of back surgery. Historically, back surgery meant a long and uncomfortable recovery with no guarantee that pain would be significantly improved. Advancements in surgical techniques and technologies minimally-invasive procedures have changed that. If back pain is interfering with your quality of life, we encourage you to come see us. Dr. Watson combines his background in orthopedic surgery with experience in interventional pain management to help patients find the relief they need to live the most fulfilling lives.
Achieving Optimal Results from Minimally-Invasive Back Pain Treatment
Regardless of whether you were to select spinal surgery or a minimally-invasive procedure, there are steps that you can take to maximize the outcome of your treatment. The role you play in getting rid of your back pain include:
- Take care of your body. Excess physical stress on the body places unnecessary pressure on the spinal structures. Before undergoing any spinal procedure, it is beneficial to consider how your body can best heal. This requires dense nutrients that come from a healthy diet. The body can also heal and function better when weight is managed well, which can include low impact exercises. Exercise not only helps manage weight but can also strengthen the muscles around the spine and in the core to support the spine.
- Select a Doctor. It is important to seek medical treatment for back pain that doesn’t go away. This doesn’t mean you have to have surgery. It may not even mean that you need to be prescribed medication to help relieve your pain. It is the role of the patient to be their best advocate and to explore how they may address pain in a meaningful and successful way. Dr. Watson has been helping patients feel like themselves again for the past 12 years, all with a minor laser procedure that addresses back pain.
- Commit to physical rehabilitation. If you need to undergo back surgery, your doctor will most likely prescribe a series of physical therapy sessions to help you regain muscle strength, flexibility, and optimal range of motion. Physical therapy rehabilitation does not have to coincide with surgery. Regardless of how a spinal condition like a herniated disc is treated, there is value in undergoing appropriate physical therapy to retrain the body for proper mechanics.