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What You Should Try Prior to Laser Spine Surgery in Houston TX

One of the misconceptions patients have prior to coming to our clinic is that we recommend our laser spine surgery to every patient in our Houston, TX office. That simply isn’t true. While laser spine surgery can be an effective option for many patients, it isn’t the one-size-fits-all cure for back pain. Our doctors take time to evaluate your pain and develop a treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs instead of just signing you up for the next available surgery time.

Some of the things our doctors recommend for back pain might seem like common sense, and some may come as a surprise. Check out some of the things we often recommend:

  • More exercise. While you might not feel like moving when you are suffering from back pain, it could be the best thing for you. Take up low impact exercises like yoga or water walking to start strengthening your muscles and giving your spine more support.

  • Change your shoes. Often patients with back pain are simply wearing the wrong kind of shoes. We can help you discover what you should be wearing, instead.

  • Keep a regular massage appointment. Working these muscles can help you relax and loosen those muscles in your back that may be causing you pain from tension.

These are just three of the recommendations heard often around our offices! Of course, for some patients, the right answer is laser spine surgery in our Houston TX office. If our doctors feel that’s right for you, they’ll make sure you are ready for surgery and walk you through every step of the way. One thing our doctors will never recommend is just living with the pain. They’ll help you find the answers you need to live a pain free life!

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Our Back Doctor in Houston TX Is Ready to Help With Your Scoliosis

For most people, their backbone runs straight down their back, supporting their body and protecting the nerves that run through the spinal cord. For about 2% of the population, their backbone has a lateral curve to it, and this is known as scoliosis. Most people who are diagnosed with scoliosis won’t require much medical intervention aside from observation. If you’ve been diagnosed, you’ll want to stay under the close observation of a medical professional who can chart the curvature of your spine and ensure that it doesn’t suddenly or dramatically increase. If you have a severe case of scoliosis, you may need to visit our back doctor in Houston TX. 

Our doctors work with scoliosis patients every day. When you come in for treatment, they’ll evaluate the severity of the curvature in your spine, and will be able to recommend a treatment plan based on their findings. That treatment may include a back brace that will prevent the curve from developing more. It may also include a surgical solution, such as spinal fusion surgery that will help straighten the spine as will as stabilize it. Our doctors will take time to find the right solution for you.

Make an appointment with us today. We love working with patients to help them overcome back issues so they can get back to enjoying their life. Scoliosis can be an embarrassing and painful problem, and we are looking forward to helping you find the solutions that you need. You can make an appointment with our back doctor in Houston TX by giving us a call or requesting an appointment through our website. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

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Medication May Not Help, but Our Laser Spine Surgery in Houston TX Can

A new study recently released by a group of researchers in Australia has shown that Tylenol may not be an effective medication for lower back pain. Researchers gave the popular over-the-counter medication to half of the people in their 1,600 person study and a placebo to the other half, but found no significant difference in the amount of lower back pain reduction between the two. If you’ve been struggling with lower back pain and found that medication isn’t working for you, either, you may find that our laser spine surgery in Houston TX is a more effective solution.

Not only did they find that Tylenol didn’t reduce pain, it also didn’t help patients sleep better or increase their quality of life in any way. While that may not be shocking to any patients who haven’t experienced pain relief when taking medication, it probably is frustrating to know that you aren’t going to be getting help with over the counter meds. It’s time to look for a more permanent solution. With our laser spine surgery, many of our Houston, TX experience permanent pain relief. They are able to enjoy all of the activities that they used to love without relying on medication.

Patients who come to us for laser spine surgery are amazed at the enormous difference it makes in their lives in a short amount of time. If you are ready for that kind of change in your life, give us a call. We’re ready to help, and we have appointment times available in the next 24 hours. We can’t wait to help you live pain-free!

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If Back Pain is Pulling You From Your Game, Our Back Doctor in Houston TX Can Help

Back pain really can happen to anyone, even the strongest major athletes. That’s been proven by the news recently that Tiger Woods would be withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational. After completing 8 holes, Woods started having spasms of pain that prevented him from completing the tournament. This situation isn’t unique, though. Millions of Americans know the pain that Woods is currently experiencing, because they’ve struggled with it themselves. If you’ve had to withdraw from your favorite activities because of back pain, you need to make an appointment with our back doctor in Houston TX.

Our back doctor has treated thousands of people in the Houston TX area and beyond. You don’t have to give up participating in your favorite activities because of back pain, and no matter what kind of back issue you are dealing with, our doctor can help you find the solutions you need to get back in the game. That might include massage, medication, or surgery. No matter what you need, we can handle it in our clinic and get you the help that you need in order to start feeling better.

We make it convenient to get the help you need for your back pain. We have appointment times available within the next 24 hours so you can get in to see a doctor right away. We also make sure we keep our treatment methods affordable, and accept a variety of payment options so you can get the treatments you need. Get back in the game with our help, and make your appointment today!

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When to Seek Back Pain Treatment in Houston TX

Many people experience back pain, and most of these injuries can heal themselves with enough rest, exercise, and maybe a few days of over-the-counter pain relievers. Some injuries require help, though, and it can be hard to know when to give it time and when you should seek back pain treatment in Houston TX. Unfortunately, allowing some injuries to go without treatment can result in long-term damage that you end up dealing with for the rest of your life. Here is when you need to make an appointment with our doctors right away:

  • Your pain lasts more than three days. Most back injuries take care of themselves within 48 hours. If your pain hasn’t gone away by the third day, make an appointment with us.

  • You’ve experienced physical trauma due to a car accident, a fall, lifting a heavy object, or any other kind of accident or sudden injury. Seeing a doctor within 24 hours of your injury is best.

  • Your pain gets worse. If you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of pain you are experiencing, that could be a sign that things are getting worse in your back, not better, and you need medical attention.

  • Any symptom of neurological deficiency. That might include numbness in your extremities or an inability to control your bladder or bowel. These are very serious symptoms and you should see a doctor right away.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call. We’ll make an appointment for you to see a doctor within the next 24 hours so you can start healing from your back pain and start feeling better. Get in touch with us today!

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Most Common Cervical Spine Conditions

Neck pain is extremely common among Americans. You would be hard pressed to find someone that hadn’t experienced neck pain at one time or another. Why is the instance of neck pain so high? Is it the way we live our lives? Could it be our reliance on technology? Could it be an old injury flaring up, or just simply stress? Yes to all of these! There is no simple, all-encompassing answer to neck and back pain. Individuals who seek out neck and back pain treatment in Houston, TX should stop into Advanced Spine Institute.

Advanced Spine Institute employs some of the finest back specialists in the country. Their approach to diagnosing and treating back and neck pain is second-to-none. These professionals can help you understand that cervical spine pain may be do to something as simple as stress, or something much more complicated.

Most Americans live their lives in front of computer screens. Sitting at a desk all day can really throw off someone’s posture. When an individual has long periods of poor posture, the neck, upper back, and shoulder musculature becomes tight. Tight musculature can lead to immobility and pain. Other times poor posture can aggravate old injuries which can also cause pain, stiffness, and even radiculopathy.

Those who suffer from cervical pain, numbness and tingling, or pain down the arm, may suffer from a cervical disc herniation or cervical stenosis. These injuries can be caused by trauma, overuse, age, disc degeneration, or improper lifting techniques. Treatment of cervical spinal stenosis and cervical disc herniation are more complicated than simple muscular problems.

To get help with neck and back pain treatment in Houston, Texas a specialist needs to be consulted. Advanced Spine Institute handles back and neck pain issues of any magnitude. Our physicians will diagnose, treat, and manage the underlying causes of your cervical spine pain. Make your appointment today!

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Back Pain Management 101

People with chronic back pain may have already tried an array of non-invasive pain management methods to dull the ache, including exercise, medications, physical therapy, hot and cold packs and other techniques. But many don’t know about three innovative non-surgical procedures that can radically increase the odds of longer-term relief, according to pain management specialist Brian A. Bannister, MD, of Atlantic Spine Center.  With back pain affecting 80% of adults at some point in their lives, learning about this trio of procedures should be considered Back Pain Management 101, along with all the other conservative treatments used to keep up an active lifestyle in the midst of recurring back pain.

“Many people with lower back pain are aware how common the problem is, but don’t think to visit a health care provider who specifically treats patients dealing with it every day,” says Dr. Bannister. “That needs to change if they’re to avail themselves of the widest possible array of non-invasive treatments that might help them live their lives normally again, painlessly.”

Three effective back pain management procedures

What are these non-surgical procedures? Dr. Bannister explains:

  • Epidural steroid injections: These injections deliver a long-lasting steroid and a local anesthetic into the epidural space in the spinal cord. The steroid cuts inflammation and irritation of the nerves and the anesthetic interrupts the transmission of pain signals. Epidural steroid injections are commonly used for many causes of back pain, including radiculitis (pain that radiates from an irritated spinal nerve root); compressed nerves in the neck or lower spine; degenerative disc disease; spinal stenosis; herniated discs; and sciatica.
  • Radiofrequency nerve ablation: Also known as radiofrequency lesioning or neurotomy, this treatment uses a specialized device to block nerve signals in affected spinal areas, with relief lasting 3 to 18 months. Fluoroscopic x-rays allow the accurate placement of a special heated probe next to affected nerves. Radiofrequency nerve ablation is used to treat spinal arthritis; stenosis; facet arthritis; whiplash; and sprains and strains.
  • Spinal cord stimulator: This procedure inserts electrical wires into the spinal canal to stimulate the spinal cord, producing electrical impulses that interfere with pain signal transmission to the brain. Painful spinal cord stimulation is then replaced with a more pleasant tingling sensation in areas where pain is usually felt. Spinal cord stimulation is done on patients whose previous spine surgery failed, or have severe nerve-related pain or numbness, or have neuropathic pain and surgery is not an option.

Tips and advantages to non-surgical procedures

All treatments have pros and cons, but this trio of non-surgical back pain management techniques boasts an impressive list of advantages, according to Dr. Bannister. Not only are they minimally invasive, but they require minimal or no blood loss, reduce the reliance on pain medications, and don’t involve removal of muscle or bone.

An additional benefit really stands out: The pain relief these procedures provide can help confirm a patient’s specific diagnosis – the initial cause of their back pain. Pinpointing the diagnosis can then help doctors decide what may eradicate the pain permanently.

“Many of these procedures take less than an hour to complete, and patients can go right back to work or other activities,” Dr. Bannister says. “From a quality of life aspect, these treatments are great. I’m hoping more chronic back pain sufferers learn more about them in order to take advantage of these benefits and get back to doing their favorite things without nagging pain.”

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Back Pain Success Story: Karen Boners

Karen contacted ASC in the same state as many other people who contact us; in pain, frustrated and wondering if there was any way she would ever get back to her old life. Being from out-of-state and having never flown, she admittedly was nervous about making the trip to come to New Jersey and have us care for her, but after many conversations with ASC’s Chief Surgeon Dr. Liu, she was convinced that ASC was the place for her to finally get her old life back.

After reviewing her MRI, it was clear to Dr. Liu that Karen suffered from a common spinal condition called a herniated disc. The herniation was causing one of the nerves in her neck to become pinched resulting in pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in her upper extremities.

The pain prior to the surgery was my whole head; my head felt like it was going to explode most of the time…

Dr. Liu performed an Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy to treat Karen’s herniated disc. The procedure only took 30 minutes and the results were fantastic.

Coming here and actually getting an effect this quick, I never would have believed it.

After Karen’s follow up she returned home and within no time was back to work.

Karen’s story is unique, but her results are very common for patients coming to see us for herniated discs and other spinal conditions that cause chronic pain.

I definitely recommend Dr. Liu and his services at Atlantic Spinal Care. It has been fantastic.

So stop waiting. Visit the main area of our website and see why contacting us today will help put you on the right path to a better tomorrow.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Endoscopic Spine Surgery

If you or your loved one is considering back surgery to treat back pain, you probably have heard about endoscopic spine surgery. But what is endoscopic spine surgery? And what’s the difference between endoscopic spine surgery and conventional spine surgery, or back surgery?

What is endoscopic spine surgery?

1: Endoscopic spine surgery is the newest type of spine surgery. It uses advanced surgical tools and powerful magnifying systems. For traditional back surgery (also known as open spine surgery or open back surgery), the surgeon needs to cut open the back muscle before operating on the spine. But for endoscopic spine surgery, the surgeon does not need to cut open the back. Instead, endoscopic spine surgeon only needs to insert advanced surgical instrument through a small skin incision. With the assistance of an advanced endoscope and x-ray guidance, the surgeon can easily identify the problem (eg, disc herniation or bone spur) and perform the surgery accordingly.

2: Compared with traditional spine surgery, endoscopic spine surgery offers many advantages, including minimally invasive, small skin incision, minimal tissue damage, minimal to no blood loss, high efficiency, low complication rates, and quick recovery. Most of the endoscopic spine surgeries can be done at an outpatient setting and do not require a hospital stay.

Is endoscopic spine surgery for me?

3: Endoscopic spine surgery is a great surgical option for many spinal conditions. But it is not for every patient. And currently not all spine surgery procedures can be done endoscopically.

4: Studies have proved that endoscopic spine surgery is safe and effective when used to treat disc herniations, spinal stenosis, failed back surgery syndrome, and a number of other spinal conditions. But for spine conditions involving spine instability such as spondylolisthesis, the problems are difficult to solve using endoscopic spine surgery. In addition, surgical procedures involving spinal fusion and fixation currently cannot be done endoscopically.

5: To determine whether or not endoscopic spine surgery is right for you, the key is to find out the exact cause of your back pain. Is it caused by a disc herniation, a bone spur, degenerative disease, or spondylolisthesis? It is almost impossible for you to figure out the exact cause of you pain on your own. So if you have persistent or acute back pain, make sure you talk to your doctor and have some tests done. Physical examination and imaging tests such as MRI are generally needed for an accurate diagnosis. Once you have an accurate diagnosis, you’ll have a better idea regarding whether or not endoscopic spine surgery is right for you.

6: If you think endoscopic spine surgery may be a right option for you, make sure you find an experienced endoscopic spine surgery to perform the surgery. Because of its many advantages, endoscopic spine surgery has gained great popularity in recent years. But to achieve a high success rate, the surgeon needs special training and tremendous hands-on experience. Because endoscopic spine surgery is still relatively new, not so many spine surgeons have mastered the technique. So before you make your final decision, ask the surgeon how many cases of endoscopic surgery he or she has performed, and what his or her success rates are.

Located in Edison, New Jersey, Atlantic Spinal Care (ASC) is a leading surgical center in the field of endoscopic spine surgery. At ASC, the surgeons perform endoscopic spine surgery on a daily basis. In the past few years, they have helped thousands of patients to relieve back and neck pain. To find out more information about endoscopic spine surgery performed at ASC, visit hour frequently asked questions section.

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