There are many spinal conditions that are treated at Laser Spine Institute. All procedures are uniquely designed and developed to provide patients with the best possible medical care.Endoscopic Procedure Overview
The letter T followed by a number identifies a specific vertebra in the thoracic spine. For example, T3 is the 3rd vertebra in the thoracic spine.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. A form of electrical anesthesia used to block pain perception.
Mid-upper back, area between the cervical (neck region) and lumbar (low back) spine.
Traction applies intermittent or continuous force by mechanical or manual methods to elongate the spine.
trigger point injections:
Injection of local anesthetic (with or without corticosteroid) into soft tissues (i.e., muscles or ligaments) along the spine or over the back of the pelvis. Generally used for pain control.
A rupture in the tough exterior of an intervertebral disc, called the annulus fibrosus. This condition can occur as a result of the natural aging process; intervertebral discs tend to dry out and lose flexibility over time, making them more prone to deterioration. Sudden impact from athletic injuries, car accidents, and other forms of trauma also can cause a disc to tear.
A system of exercise based on the ancient Chinese martial art Tai Chi Quan; emphasizes slow, controlled movements to improve balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, and stamina.
The loss of height within an intervertebral disc; typically associated with diminished water content within the nucleus pulposus, which is a natural byproduct of the aging process or a sign of degenerative disc disease.
traditional back surgery:
Highly invasive surgical procedures designed to correct spinal abnormalities by permanently fusing one or more vertebral segments together; generally accomplished by implanting metal or plastic stabilizing hardware, and, in some cases, bone grafts. Can be performed from the front (anterior), the back (posterior), or the side (posterolateral).
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) :
Open back surgery used to alleviate the symptoms produced by a compressed nerve within the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine; involves the replacement of a diseased or damaged intervertebral disc with bone graft.
Individual spine conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with endoscopic spine surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. Some patients may require an experience that exceeds five days and others may require as few as four days. Patients may be required to rest 48 hours post-surgery. These procedures are reserved for those patients medically cleared and scheduled for endoscopic treatment. Paid spokesperson(s) for Laser Spine Institute results may not be typical. Laser Spine Institute requires each surgeon to complete an extensive Laser Spine Institute training program. MRI reviews are preliminary, and some patients' individual medical conditions may require additional testing that Laser Spine Institute will facilitate through a third-party service provider. Diagnostic procedures in Philadelphia, Houston and Oklahoma City are facilitated by Laser Spine Institute through a third-party provider.
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