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Possible Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

There can be many different causes of back pain, from an overuse injury to spinal stenosis. Regardless of the cause, living with chronic back pain can be difficult and frustrating. Below are some of the possible treatment options to assist in the relief of lower back pain:

  • Laminectomy
    A laminectomy, also called a spinal decompression, is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes the lamina of the spine to alleviate pressure put on the spinal nerves. Along with the lamina, some fragments of ruptured disc may also be removed.
  • Spinal Fusion
    This is a procedure that joins two vertebrae (bones) of the spine together in the effort to eliminate pain caused by movement of the joint.
  • Discectomy
    In a discectomy, the surgeon removes a protruding disc (damaged cushion between two bones in the spine) to alleviate the pressure it applies to the spinal nerve. To access the disc, the surgeon must remove a small part of the bone. A microdiskectomy is a less-invasive version of this procedure that is only indicated for certain patients.
  • Disc Replacement
    Disc replacement is a relatively new procedure that is performed as an alternative to spinal fusion for patients with degenerated discs. An artificial disc is put in place of the damaged disc, ideally repairing the damaged part of the spine and returning mobility to the joint.
  • Nucleoplasty
    This procedure utilizes radio waves to treat back pain caused by a contained herniated disc. A wand-like transmitter is inserted into the disc, and the surgeon sends radiofrequency pulses into the center of the disc (the nucleus). The energy shrinks the nucleus’s gel-like tissue, reducing the pressure on the nerve.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers a wide array lower back pain treatment options. Let our health care professionals be your resource to better health. Contact us at (818) 676-4000 today or visit our website for more information.


Controlling Your Blood Sugar Levels

Many people do not know about the importance of controlling their blood glucose (sugar) levels.  Without proper management, one can end up with unsteady energy levels and other more serious medical conditions.

Reducing your blood sugar is one of the American Heart Association’s Simple 7 Steps to a healthier life. In this video clip, you can learn more about what you can do to lower your blood sugar and improve your overall health.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to improving the health of our community through the health treatment and management. If you would like to learn more about our services, contact us at (818) 676-4000.


Want to Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics?

Online Health Services

Are you at risk for breast cancer? Why is physical therapy crucial after a total knee replacement? If you are interested in more information on reducing the risk of breast cancer, the importance of physical therapy, types of burns, and more, check out these great resources.

  • This article from cancer.gov provides statistics regarding breast cancer cases in the United States.

  • Learn how to reduce your risk of breast cancer with this article from West Hills Hospital and Medical Center’s health content pages.

  • How does estrogen increase the risk of breast cancer? Find out with this link from ww5.komen.org.

  • Visit this link from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for more information on total knee replacements.

  • What can you expect from a knee replacement? Visit this link from West Hills Hospital’s health content pages to learn more.

  • Learn more about the uses and benefits of hydrotherapy with this health content article from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center.

  • This article from WHMC discusses the most common sports-related wrist and hand injuries.

  • What is hyperbaric therapy? Find out with this overview from mayoclinic.com.

  • Check out this article from West Hills Hospital for more information on the various types of burns.

  • Do you know the difference between a first degree and second degree burn? Learn more about the types of burns with this nlm.nih.gov link.

For more information about West Hills Hospital & Medical Center and our services, visit us online or give us a call at (818) 676-4000.


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Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy

When it comes to fitness programs and rehabilitation services, you’ll want the very best team of experts by your side. Fortunately, West Hills residents have access to one of the best facilities in the nation.

The Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers a number of services in one accessible, convenient location. Our multidisciplinary team of caring staff members includes licensed therapists, registered dieticians, fitness specialists, and a number of other medical professionals—all devoted to ensuring your ongoing education, health, and overall functional mobility.

Our services include:

  • Arthritis Programs
    These programs include a full-service hand clinic, private rooms, hydrotherapy areas, modalities for pain management and muscle reeducation, at-home devices and exercise aids, individually designed programs, splinting, information on community resources, and ongoing patient/family education.

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to increase exercise tolerance, improve cardiovascular conditioning, decrease anxiety, and control cardiac risk factors, such as high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, and other lifestyle changes.

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    This involves the assessment and treatment by all disciplines to manage chronic pulmonary conditions and maximize functional independence.

  • Lymphedema Management
    Patients can expect evaluation, individualized treatment planning, education, manual lymph drainage, skin care, multilayer compression bandaging, remedial exercises, self-management instructions, and follow-up care.

  • Speech Language Therapy
    This includes voice therapy, accent reduction, swallowing treatments, hearing and audiology services, laryngectomy, and cognitive evaluation/treatment.

  • Physical Therapy
    Services encompassed in our physical therapy program include the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries, musculoskeletal illnesses, pain conditions, neurological conditions, functional training, sports injury management, postoperative rehabilitation, and manual therapy.

  • Occupational Therapy
    Occupational therapies include the evaluation and treatment of functional disabilities for neurological and orthopedic patients, assistive equipment, vocational retraining, and ergonomic assessments of worksites.

Accredited by The Joint Commission, the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is your number one resource for fitness and rehabilitation programs. Learn more about our facility by visiting our website or calling us at (818) 676-4000 today!


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