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In addition, trauma to your back from an injury or the progression of a disease or condition may mean that surgery on your spine is in your future. Luckily, the prospect of having surgery performed on your spine is not as scary and uncertain as it once was. Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) offers you a range of advantages over having open surgery, which typically requires large incisions, muscle stripping, larger doses of anesthesia, a longer hospital stay and a long recovery period. Minimally invasive procedures result in smaller scars and a shorter hospital stay. In addition, you get reduced pain after surgery and a shorter overall recovery period. Less blood is lost during surgery, which contributes to a lower risk of infection. Talk with your spine specialist about minimally invasive procedures and see how they can be as effective as, if not more than, more extensive surgeries.
Treatment Options Available for Your Individual Needs
Not every patient suffering from back pain and trouble is a candidate for a surgical procedure. Oftentimes, establishing an exercise plan or beginning physical therapy will be enough to help alleviate your pain and build up the strength that you need in your back to recover from your injury. The key is to work with your primary care doctor and spine specialist to understand just what the cause of your back pain is so that you can develop a targeted plan for your recovery. Not only will you be able to get the information you are looking for on your specific injury or condition, you will also better understand how the different muscles in your legs, arms and back connect and work together to help you accomplish your everyday tasks. Contact a spine pro today for more information.