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Understanding Back Pain and Its Treatment

Understanding Back Pain and Its Treatment

Back pain, a common ailment for many, has various causes and complexities. Historically, the sources of back pain were attributed to the soft tissue ‘discs’ that cushion the vertebrae, the intricate network of nerves surrounding the spinal area, and the joints at the spine’s back, known as “facet joints.” However, before the introduction of aware state surgical examination, pinpointing these pain sources was challenging. Surgeons would rely on clinical examinations, X-rays, MRI scans, and CAT scans, often engaging in a certain amount of pre-operative ‘guesstimation.’

What Exactly Causes Back Pain?

The spinal region, being intricate, is vulnerable to a myriad of medical conditions that can lead to pain. Daily life exposes our spine to various stresses and strains, leading to potential damage. Discs can distort or suffer damage, bone structures and facet joints may deteriorate, and nerves can become trapped, pinched, or irritated. All these contribute to back pain, and some can even result in reduced mobility.

Can The Sources of Pain be Pinpointed?

Oftentimes, the spine undergoes multiple areas of deterioration and unusual nerve combinations. Aware state surgical examination allows patients to provide real-time feedback during surgery, directing surgeons to the exact pain source. This method ensures accuracy in identifying the pain cause, reducing diagnostic errors. Surgeons use endoscopic instruments to view the pain source through a minuscule incision, pinpointing the exact inter-vertebral pain point.

Is Accurately Targeted Treatment Possible?

Yes, with advancements like ‘Foraminoplasty.’ This treatment targets the specific condition with minimal collateral tissue damage, reducing patient risks and improving long-term outcomes. Conducted in the gaps or ‘Foramen’ between vertebrae, Foraminoplasty is a product of Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

What is Wrong With Conventional Surgery?

Conventional surgeries, like microdiscectomy, open decompression, and disc replacement, are often excessive and come with numerous side effects. These include potential nerve and tissue damage, extended post-operative care, and the risk of operating on non-painful levels. Moreover, they might not be as effective as Foraminoplasty. There’s also the risk of complications like nerve damage, disc bulging, implant failures, and more.

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