Possible Treatment Options for 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:
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.
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.
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.