How the Plano DISC Spine Institute can change your life October 18th, 2017 Back Pain Amy Crowell Plano DISC Spine Institute changes lives Table of Contents The value of making an appointment:Feel cared for, and not just physically It’s a day like any other. The alarm sounds, you go to roll out of bed to get ready for work and…ouch. It’s that back pain again, and you’re getting pretty tired of it, right? We don’t blame you. Back pain can range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating, and no matter where yours falls on the spectrum, you’d probably like to get rid of it. DISC Spine Institute is here to help. Depending on your condition, one trip to the Plano DISC Spine Institute probably won’t be enough to eliminate your pain or cure your ailment, but it can at least put you on a path to healing. And that’s life-changing. For many patients, just having a potential diagnosis and treatment plan brings the gift of hope. For someone who has been suffering while waiting for the pain to go away on its own, or someone who has already sought treatment and has yet to experience significant relief, that’s a huge step in the right direction. The value of making an appointment: Benefit from the expertise and experience of leading spine doctors, who can use their knowledge and knowhow to pinpoint the source of your pain. Sometimes, achieving a diagnosis is easy, and sometimes additional tests may be needed because your symptoms could mean a number of different conditions. DISC Spine Institutes are staffed by the most talented professionals and work with the latest technology, which makes diagnosing conditions easier. Explore a wide range of treatment options. Often, back doctors look toward surgical options first to treat a variety of back issues, even if there are more conservative treatments that can be tried first. And, many times, those surgical options don’t include minimally invasive procedures. One of the reasons DISC Spine Institute is favored by so many people is because of the approach of the spine doctors. They look first toward treatments that are non-invasive, ramping up to procedures like steroid injections if needed before considering surgery. When surgery is needed, the doctors at the DISC Spine Institute bring a unique skill set that is shared by only a small percentage of spine surgeons. In fact, only 10 percent of today’s spine surgeons have the specialized experience and technical skill to perform minimally invasive procedures like endoscopic microdiscectomy, and endoscopic lumbar fusion (MIS TLIF). These procedures carry with them a number of advantages for back pain sufferers, which is why they’re so popular: lower risk of infection and complications, less time under anesthesia, less blood less, less pain, and a much quicker and easier recovery time. “Spine surgery is traditionally done as ‘open surgery,’ meaning the area being operated on is opened with a long incision to allow the surgeon to view and access the anatomy,” said the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). “In recent years, however, technological advances have allowed more back and neck conditions to be treated with a minimally invasive surgical technique. Because minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), does not involve a long incision, it avoids significant damage to the muscles surrounding the spine. In most cases, this results in less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.” Feel cared for, and not just physically Knowing you’re in capable hands (literally) when seeking treatment for back pain is obviously a top priority. However, DISC Spine Institute also considers the impact a back injury or chronic back pain can have on the mental state of those who have been suffering. Depression is increasingly common in those who have chronic pain. Call it “bedside manner” or simply compassion, but the way the staff and doctors treat patients—not just when they’re undergoing a procedure—is another reason so many of them choose to be seen at DISC Spine. It’s also why they repeatedly refer their friends and family who need a trusted facility for their back pain, and write testimonials with glowing reviews. For more information and to put an end to your back pain, contact DISC Spine Institute, experts in minimally invasive treatments, the most effective medical procedures to treat and eliminate chronic back pain.