If you’ve got chronic back pain that is unrelenting, you probably have seen the ads for minimally invasive spine surgery. The ads make the procedure sound simple, quick and claim that the incision can be closed with just a Band-Aid being applied to the patient’s back.
There are 24 bones from the top of the spine to the bottom, in three sections. The cervical section includes the neck consisting of 7 cervical vertebrae, the next 12 vertebrae make up the thoracic spine and the lower section of lumbar includes five vertebrae.
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Altamonte Springs, FL, April 16, 2019 – Advanced Orthopedics of Florida, one of the country’s premier spine clinics in the U.S. specializing in minimally invasive procedures and pain management is proud to announce that Dr. Morgan Lorio is joining the group’s practice.
Lumbar back pain is very common, affecting 70 percent to 85 percent of people during their lifetime, according to an article in Asian Spine Journal. If conservative treatment is not successful, surgery might be indicated — and, if you've had low back surgery, there's a good chance your core muscles need some work. In fact, weak muscles might have contributed to the problem that led you to surgery in the first place.
A herniated disc in your lumbar spine can be very painful. The good news is it often resolved with conservative treatment, which generally consists of physical therapy in combination with pain medication and/or muscle relaxers. If non-invasive treatments such as these don’t fully do the trick, you may still be able to avoid surgery with a steroid injection.
The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) has published a new policy statement on bone grafting. An expert panel looked at alternatives to autologous bone grafting (ABG) and reviewed the available literature for five current strategies and techniques for bone grafting and compared them for safety and efficacy. They also compared the methods by regulatory approval pathway and quality of the clinical evidence supporting them. Their findings appear in the Feb. 2019 International Journal of Spine Surgery, the official ISASS journal.