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As a comprehensive treatment for back, neck and spine problems, we offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help you find lasting relief from chronic neck and back pain.
Whether you simply need physical therapy to strengthen your back or surgery to repair a broken vertebra, our expert spine doctors can help you to feel better and return to a happy, pain-free life.
East Cooper Medical Center provides a range of non-surgical treatment options for conditions causing back pain that include:
Chronic Pain Management: including biofeedback, medication, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and counseling.
Injections: such as epidural steroid injections, cortisone steroid injections, facet joint injections and injections to the nerve root sacroiliac.
Physical Therapy: including both passive and active treatments, stretching, strengthening and low impact aerobic exercise
While most cases of back pain can be successfully treated with non-surgical options, some conditions may require surgery. Some of the diagnoses that may need surgery include:
Myelopathy and Stenosis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal Cord Compression
Board-certified spine surgeons at East Cooper Medical Center work with a specialized team of physicians to determine the best surgical treatment options for the patient. Surgical options may include:
Robotic-assisted spine surgery using Globus ExcelsiusGPS™, a sophisticated surgical guidance system for performing spinal fusion. It is designed specifically to make spinal fusion safer, and help surgeons ensure implants
and hardware placement are even more precise. It increases accuracy by utilizing navigation and 3D technology to help surgeons pre-map their surgical approach. During surgery, the robotic arm assists the surgeon to precisely place implants
into a patient’s spine. The minimally invasive approach enables the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cutting through them resulting in smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and less pain. Minimally invasive
procedures using the Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ can mean less blood loss, less muscle damage, and faster recovery.
Endoscopic Spine Surgery is performed with an endoscope through a small incision. Endoscopic spine surgery helps minimize the amount of tissue injury, trauma and post-operative pain for patients.
Laminectomy/Discectomy: a procedure in which part of the lamina is removed as well as a portion of a ligament. The herniated disc is then removed.
Microdiscectomy: similar to a discectomy, but using a smaller injection.
Lumbar Spinal Fusion: when two or more vertebra are joined together using bone grafts, screws and rods.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, gives clear, detailed pictures of soft tissue near bones, the cardiovascular system and other organs. Specifically for back pain, an MRI allows doctors to look deep inside the body without surgery and can assist in diagnosing herniated discs and nerve damage.
A myelogram is a type of x-ray that uses a dye or contrast material and a special machine called a fluoroscope that takes moving x-rays and displays them on a monitor. Myelograms detect many spinal ailments, including:
Herniated discs (spinal discs that stick out beyond their normal area) that press on nerves
Today, interventional radiologists offer a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment for spinal fractures. Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may help reduce or eliminate the pain associated with spinal fractures. This treatment helps stabilize spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis.
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