SPINE SURGERY IN DALLAS/ FORT WORTH AREA
A specialist in orthopedic spine care can, thankfully, treat many ailments without resorting to surgical procedures. Spine surgeons collaborate with anesthesiologists who specialize in interventional pain management and physiatrists, who are practitioners of physical medicine and rehabilitation, to lessen the manifestation of symptoms through oral medications, injectable medications, and lifestyle changes. Some symptoms are more severe than others and may require a patient to advance beyond conservative treatment without first attempting them.
To assist the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions our providers at AOA Orthopedic Specialists will order imaging potentially including x-rays, electromyography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans. Using a combination of your symptoms and imaging the provider designs and collaborates with you to find a treatment plan that you are comfortable with if possible. Some cases do not leave options and require surgery, but many patients are eligible for and respond to conservative treatments including oral steroids, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and epidural steroids. Some patients do exhaust conservative treatment without getting relief, and in these cases reconsidering interventional surgery would be the last option that our providers could offer.
Our comprehensive teams at AOA Orthopedic Specialists dedicate their orthopedic careers to providing patients with the most innovative and evidence-based therapies currently available. Offering a wide range of procedures and interventions, we will find a treatment for you aimed at bringing back a comfortable and structurally stable version of your lifestyle.
REASONS FOR SPINE SURGERY
If more conservative treatments have failed to alleviate your back pain and the discomfort is severe enough to limit your daily activities, you may want to reconsider having surgery. Back surgery typically provides more reliable relief from accompanying pain or numbness that travels down one or both arms or legs. These sensations are frequently brought on by pinching or squeezing nerves in the spine. Several factors, including the following, can lead to the compression of nerves:
Disk issues. Disks, the rubbery cushions that separate the bones of your spine, can sometimes press too firmly against a spinal nerve and hinder its function if the disks are bulging or have ruptured, which is called a herniation.
EXCESSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF BONE TISSUE.
Bone spurs on the spine are a potential complication of osteoarthritis. This excess bone most usually affects the hinge joints on the back part of the spinal column, which can reduce the amount of room available for nerves to travel through gaps in your spine.
Even if your X-rays reveal that you have bone spurs or disk abnormalities, it can be very challenging to determine the precise reason for your back discomfort because of the complexity of the back. X-rays for other reasons reveal bulging or herniated disks, but these disks do not cause any symptoms and do not require treatment.
Do YOU NEED SPINE SURGERY IN DALLAS / FORT WORTH ?
The AOA is pleased to inform you that it can now help with scheduling over the phone twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact us at any time or night, any day of the week, or any day of the year.
Even though we try our best to adhere to the official schedule, there will always be unforeseen complications and holdups. If we are aware in advance that there will be a delay in meeting you at your scheduled time, we will make every effort to contact you at the phone number you gave us when making the appointment to let you know.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING SPINE SURGERY
How long before I start feeling normal again after surgery?
It all depends on the operation performed on you, but you can start to feel better rather quickly. It is also possible that you will feel some improvement after several weeks, months, and up to a year as swelling reduces and biomechanics stabilize to their new configuration.
The following factors will determine the rate of your recovery:
- What kind of surgery did you have?
- The surgeon approach to your spine
- The degree of the damaged spine.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about setting reasonable goals for your recovery.
After the operation, do I need to take pain medication?
After your procedure, you and your surgeon can discuss the pain medicine that will be most helpful to you. The multimodal approach includes the following options.
- Warm and cold packs
- Analgesia, the patient manages it and is administered through a pump that gives medication as and when required.
- Relaxation techniques
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a treatment that employs tiny electrical impulses to block pain signals from particular nerves to the brain.
During my time spent recovering, what adjustments to my lifestyle will be necessary?
During your recovery from spinal surgery, your physician may suggest the following treatments:
- Utilizing a back-support device
- Not picking up weighty things
- Trying to avoid bending at the waist
Do not forget to check in with a physical therapist when you start getting back into the swing of things with your workout program.
How Do I Know When to See a Doctor About My Neck or Back Pain?
Most back pain only lasts for a short time and goes away without any special care. But you should see your Dallas spine surgeon if you have pain or weakness that lasts longer than a few weeks.
How can I keep from getting Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is a long-term health problem that worsens slowly over time. You can do several things to lower your risk of DDD or slow its progress:
- Stay physically busy, especially by doing things that make your muscles stronger and more flexible.
- Quit smoking and drink less alcohol.
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Take the vitamins your doctor tells you to. For example, calcium, zinc, and iron can help keep your bones strong.
Does Slouching or Slanted Sitting Cause Scoliosis?
Slouching while you sit will not give you scoliosis. What causes scoliosis is a person’s genes. But bad alignment can cause postural scoliosis, which can be fixed.
What Should I do to Lower My Risk of Spine Problems?
There are six things you can do to keep this from happening:
- Use ergonomic chairs and tools to keep your back healthy and support it.
- Exercise at least 20 minutes a day
- Do not lift with your back. Instead, lift with your legs.
- Work on building up your core muscles to protect your back better.
- Keep your shoulders back and your chin up.
- Stretch every day as part of your daily routine
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