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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.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center!

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