Back pain is one of the worst types of pain, especially when we’re talking about conditions that negatively impact a patient’s quality of life. There are so many things you cannot do when you have back pain that, over time, your life just gets smaller and smaller.
This is because you stop being dependable, so people stop relying on you. You stop accepting invitations, so people stop inviting you. It does not take long for chronic back pain sufferers to become isolated and depressed.
Most back pain sufferers start with heat or ice applications, slow stretches, wearing serviceable solid (ugly?) low heeled shoes, and taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications.
Sitting in a bad chair or sleeping on a cheap or old mattress are some causes of back pain that can be fixed relatively easily. Get a new chair and a new bed and, if your back still hurts, that’s probably not what is causing your pain.
After some time, your doctors will get involved. It can take longer if there was no specific accident or injury, but your doctor can help you. Of course, first they will try a few standard lines of advice:
Lose weight, they say. Well, that becomes hard to do when your back hurts too much to do any real exercise.
Do yoga, they say. Sure this is lower impact than most exercise, but if your back is in excruciating pain, there’s no way you’ll be able to bend and stretch the way yoga poses require.
Take stronger drugs, they say. Prescription painkillers, anti-inflammatory pills, and even steroid injections will get into the mix. Eventually, even narcotics or anti-depressants might be prescribed. Still, it hurts. It really hurts.
Massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and other alternative treatments become more attractive as the desperation sets in.
Finally, surgery is offered.
It depends upon what is causing the underlying pain that will determine what kind of treatments are going to be ultimately the most effective. Sciatica, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Arachnoiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Stump Pain and Angina are all causes of persistent back pain.
Laser spine surgery NYC offers a minimally invasive option for spinal cord pain treatment, in New York City and surrounding areas. If you are not in New York, there is likely a qualified practitioner nearby or in the nearest large city. A successful SCS (Spinal Cord Stimulation) procedure can be performed where the surgeon only makes a small incision in the skin and then will carefully maneuver around the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine. This makes for quick recovery times without the risk of additional damage.
Could you be a Candidate For Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Candidates for Spinal Cord Stimulation through laser spine surgery are usually assessed by several different types of doctors. Chances are you have already had some sort of back surgery and yet after a year you still experience daily pain. Your medications and medical history will be considered, usually by a pain specialist, a neuro surgeon and possibly also by a psychiatrist. There are other laser spine surgery options, so seeing a specialist is always a good idea.
Gaining Popularity Here in America
These types of spinal cord stimulation therapies have been widely used in Europe, and have been around since the late 1960s. The results over time have been positive enough that there is speculation that we should soon be seeing even more patients considering these treatments here in the US, too.
This is because these treatments prove that, through them, pain is managed, reduced or even eliminated. Peripheral effects of neuropathy are reduced or can be eliminated, and generally, the quality of life of the patients is improved significantly.
Living with back pain can be hardly a life at all. Break free of your isolation and see how a laser surgeon can help you start to live again.