3 Common Back Problems Laser Surgery Can Help
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:58

Do you feel like your back is hurting you more than usual? Do you feel like you have lower back pain, even after having a day where you take it easy? Have you seen pain and spinal specialists in the past and still find yourself in pain? If so, unfortunately you’re not alone. According to American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, and one-half of all working Americans say that they have back pain symptoms. Back pain can be difficult to identify and treat, and many people don’t see many alternatives to invasive surgery and addictive pain medications. However, laser spinal surgery has been praised by a variety of surgeons and specialists as a non-invasive way to treat back pain.

spineLaser spinal surgery has been in use for decades, and has been used to treat a variety of notoriously difficult-to-treat back and spinal problems. The following problems are common and can be painful, but they can be successfully treated with the right laser spinal procedure.

Disc Tear

Torn discs are a common and painful back problem. A disc tear occurs when the outer tissue of the disc tears and moves into the central tissue of the disc. A variety of things could cause disc tears, including repetitive strain, genetics, and old age. Many people with torn discs feel constant low back pain or localized areas of pain that are close to the disc tear. Severely torn discs can also place pressure on other surrounding nerves and tissues, and can cause more serious problems like sciatica and spinal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis can occur in all areas of the spine, and are usually more common in people 50 or older. Like many back problems, spinal stenosis usually happens gradually over time. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, which results in discomfort and pain. Stenosis commonly begins with other back problems like bulging discs and herniated discs.

Bone Spurs

Bone spurs can cause chronic back pain, and are often found in older patients as a response to continued pressure, stress, and rubbing. The body tries to repair damage over time, and the extra bone tissue your body makes ends up becoming a spur. Bone spurs are almost exactly what they sound like. They’re bone-like growths that form on otherwise healthy bone tissue. Bone spurs are usually found on the shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and other joint surrounded areas.

If you suffer from one of these conditions, contact the Spinal Centers of America today to learn more about laser surgery and how it can help you.
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