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Pain Management vs. Spine Surgery: What is best for you?

Is spine surgery the best course of action for pain management? Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients dealing with chronic back pain may be asking themselves if they are better off finding ways to combat their pain or if surgery is the better option. Not surprisingly, patients with pain want to find a way to relieve it once and for all. There are advantages and disadvantages to chronic pain management versus surgery.

It is best to consult your doctor in order to find the best possible course of treatment depending on your spinal condition. With the wide range of spinal deformities, diseases, and complications – there are many treatment options available to patients both surgical and non-surgical.

While programs to manage chronic pain can be preferable as rehabilitation as an escape, surgery may be the best option for you.

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Questions Regarding Spinal Fusions

The following are additional answers to fusion questions you may have. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients undergoing spinal fusion procedures may be aware of a “domino” effect once their first procedure has been completed. They may hear that a few years after their procedure they may need the same surgery to repair additional discs.

While it is possible that further surgery will be required, most cases of isolated one-level degenerative disc disease don’t require any more. Further surgery is more common in patients exhibiting osteoporosis of the facet joints. The shape of the discs is also important and while unhealthy patients may be at a higher risk – the majority of patients undergoing spinal fusions will be able to handle the added pressure.

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Spine Care: Have a Rehab Friend for your Back Pain

If you are suffering from back pain, find a friend who can help. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Finding a rehab buddy can be a big help to many aspects of your life if you are suffering from back pain. A rehab buddy can exercise with you or help you with daily tasks around your home. Additionally, having a friend will help you stay on task with exercise schedules. Last but certainly not least, your rehab buddy can help you get healthy. By doing things together, you minimize the changes of becoming lazy or forgetful.

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Spine Care: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you are suffering from back pain, don’t be shy to ask for help. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

While you have probably been use to doing most things yourself until your back pain became an issue, it’s no secret that you will need help around the house and with daily chores. Try not to be discouraged or embarrassed about this. Your friend or loved one will be more than happy to help and ensure you are keeping your back as healthy as possible.

As him or her to help with lifting heavy objects. Their assistance with more physical chores like taking out the garbage or vacuuming will be a big help and will help decrease the chances of you injuring or making your pain worse.

Minimize your driving. Ask a friend or loved one to give you a ride. The constant strain of head movement and getting in and out of the car is sure to leave your back in rough shape.

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Spine Care: Back Pain-Proofing the House

Here are some spine care tips to help you make your house back pain friendly. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you are dealing with de-habilitating back pain, moving things around in your home can help with your spine care. Please make sure you have a friend or loved one help with these tips so that you don’t injure yourself or exacerbate your pain.

Start by moving popular or essential items to chest height. This will prevent you from having to bend down or into awkward movements. This can include dishes and pots in the kitchen and things in the bathroom like toiletries.

Ensure your furniture is back-friendly as well. You probably have a favorite couch or chair – if it isn’t giving you proper support, grab some pillows. You will find that proper posture is key to a healthy pain-free back.

Finally, try to eliminate the use of stairs as much as possible. This movement can be especially jarring for those suffering from back pain.

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Spine Care: Caring for Someone Suffering From Back Pain

Here are some spine care tips to help you helping someone else. Learn more about spine care in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Having a loved one who is in need of spine care to help them through pain doesn’t have to be a painful situation for you and them. First, try to learn as much as possible about your friend or loved one’s pain. The more you know, the more you can target the proper steps to help alleviate their pain.

Secondly, make their living areas more user-friendly for them. Move popular or heavily used items higher to reduce the need to bend over.

Thirdly, help your friend or loved one with specific tasks around the house that may require intense movements like lifting heavy objects.

Fourthly, be a part of their rehabilitation either by reminding them and keeping them ahead of scheduled exercising or even joining in and stretching or exercising alongside them is a great way to encourage them and you.

Lastly, be sure to keep posture in check. Make sure the items of furniture and office items are setup properly for the best support available. Desk chairs should be adjusted so that they can sit comfortably and upright.

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Spine Health: Spring into a Healthy Spine

Some tips to stay healthy this spring with spine health. Learn more about Spine Health in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The weather is finally looking nice and we’re all anxious to get outside and enjoy the sun. Now that we have the opportunity to go outside for a walk or a run, don’t forget to work back into a routine. You may be tempted to go out and attempt an intense workout but remember that your body needs the time to adjust properly. A short walk and stretch period may be best to get your body back into nice-weather mode. Heat therapy can help soothe muscle strain and prevent cramping as well.

Getting plenty of sleep this spring will be sure to keep you and your spine in tip-top shape. Getting proper rest is crucial to our body’s daily maintenance and recovery. If you are having trouble sleeping, try setting a routine. By only using the bedroom for sleep, you can help shake off bad habits of restless sleep.

Good posture is key to a healthy spine. Remember to sit up at your desk at work and don’t slouch on your couch. Proper posture not only looks good, but keeps your spine in good alignment. A misaligned spine can lead to a plethora of problems including pain and discomfort. If you feel you may be slouching, use a mirror to correct your posture.

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India: A New Frontier for Spine Surgery Procedures

The country sees spine surgery as an important dynamic to health. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spine surgery, most notably endoscopic spine surgery has become popular recently within the country of India. The dynamic healthcare system in India has become increasingly expensive. Neck and back pain have been on the rise as the country’s lifestyle changes have seen increases in sedentary and stressful living. Spine surgery within India is cost effective which makes it a preferred means of care. Additionally, spine surgery in the country takes relatively less time in recovery.

Success of Robotic Spine Surgery in Other Medical Areas

Other robotic surgical procedures are learning from spinal surgeries. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

The noted success minimally invasive robotic spine surgeries have shown are rippling to other medical areas. A new robotic drill can now perform skull surgery as much as fifty times faster than conventional skull surgeries done by hand. The upcoming machine is automated and reduces typical hand drill surgeries of two hours down to an astonishing two and a half minutes. Like spine surgery – this new procedure for skull operations promises small incisions. Infections are decreased and the incisions that are made are clean and safe.

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Robotic Spine Surgery Vs. Fluoroscopic Fusion

Studies show robotic spine surgery reduced length of stay. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

A study was conducted comparing the newer robotic spine surgery procedure to traditional fluoroscopic procedures in spinal fusions. it was concluded that minimally invasive robotic spine surgery procedures significantly reduced the radiation exposure and length of stay for all patients who underwent the procedure. Tissue trauma was extensive in the traditional surgical procedure and also yielded excessive blood loss, neurological damage, and postoperative pain. These same negative factors were not found in the group who underwent the robotic spine surgery.