Spine Treatment Option
There are a lot of misconceptions about spine treatments. One of the most common misconceptions is that Spine issues can only be fixed with surgery. A lot of patients do not consult a spine specialist due to this fear of surgery!
Today, we will try to quash this myth and offer you a deep insight into Spine treatment alternatives. Let’s begin.
Spine Treatment Without Surgery
Almost 100% of individuals will face some kind of spine-related issue in their life. It can be in the form of a tingling sensation in the arms and legs, pain in the back or Sciatica.
But do all these patients need surgery? No! You might be surprised that almost 90% of Spine problem cases do not require any form of surgery.
Now let's Take a Look at the Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Physiotherapy: This is the most important form of treatment that plays a critical role in the treatment of any spine-related issue. In most hospitals, Spine specialists and Physiotherapists work like a team to offer the best care.
If a patient consults the right Physiotherapist and strictly follows the exercise regime designed by the Physiotherapist, surgery wouldn’t be needed. But the catch here is a patient should do physiotherapy in the right way.
In case you are not getting any relief with Physiotherapy, the doctor might prescribe some medications. We strongly suggest you consult your doctor before taking any medications. Strictly avoid any over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can worsen your condition.
At our clinic, we avoid painkillers as much as possible. If there is some inflammatory condition that’s causing pain to the patient, then only we prescribe pain medications. But if the patient has pure Sciatica or muscle spasms, we prescribe muscle relaxants or neuro-related drugs to help the patient.
This is one of the most discussed non-surgical treatment alternatives for spine problems. Suppose the patient’s condition is not very serious.
In that case, there is no major stenosis, weakness or sharpshooting pain, and MRI indicates no severe issue; Yoga and Panchakarma play a vital role here. Patients can significantly reduce their pain with regular Yoga and Panchakarma.
If all these treatment alternatives are unable to give any relief, a spine specialist might recommend Injection Therapy.
These are not the standard injections in the back or the arms. Injection therapies involve Spinal Injections. Here are the most common spinal injections that we offer at our hospital:
- Epidural Block: We give this injection near the spinal cord to help the patient get relief from the pain.
- Selective Nerve Block: We give this injection to the specific nerve causing the patient’s pain. This injection includes a local steroid and a local anaesthetic agent. This injection numbs that particular nerve, and you get lasting relief from the pain. Once you get relief from the pain, you can continue with your physiotherapy exercise, which can help treat your problem.
- Facet Block: If the facet or the spinal joint is causing the pain, instead of the nerve, facet block injection can be very helpful in reducing the pain. Once the pain reduces, we can strengthen the patient’s muscles with physiotherapy and medication. This can help improve the patient’s condition significantly.
These are the 4 non-surgical treatment options for your spinal problems. In 90% of the cases, any of these treatments or a combination of a few can help relieve the patient’s pain. If these alternatives don’t work, then only your Spine-specialist will recommend surgery.
Read More: When Is Spinal Surgery Necessary?→
We hope this brief information on the non-surgical treatment options have cleared all your doubts and fear. Moreover, medical science has advanced significantly. So the surgeries are quite safe; 100% of spine surgeries today are successful.
So if you have any spinal problems, do not hesitate to consult your spine specialist. If you need further information, our team is always here to assist. Feel free to get in touch with us.
Dr. Eshan Nerkar
Neurologist And NeurosuegeonDr. Eshan Nerkar, Consultant Brain & Spine Surgeon in Nashik specializes in Spine Surgery. He practices at AXON Brain & Spine Clinic. He is one of the best neurosurgeons in Nashik with more than 10 years of experience. He has performed more than 1000 surgeries related to brain and spinal surgery procedures.