What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractors perform manual adjustments to the spine and other parts of the body to improve alignment, alleviate pain, and support the body’s natural ability to heal.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes, when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor, it’s generally safe and can help with various musculoskeletal issues.
Injections for Pain
What are pain injections?
Pain injections deliver medication directly to specific areas to reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, or diagnose a particular condition.
How long does the relief from a pain injection last?
The duration of relief varies, lasting anywhere from days to months, depending on the type of injection and the individual.
What is kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a procedure to treat fractured vertebrae, often due to osteoporosis, by injecting bone cement to stabilize and restore the height of the vertebrae.
How long is the recovery after a kyphoplasty?
Most patients can return to daily activities shortly after the procedure, but rigorous activities should be avoided for about six weeks.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Why choose minimally invasive procedures?
These procedures typically involve smaller incisions, leading to less pain, quicker recovery, and reduced risk of complications.
What types of conditions can be treated with minimally invasive techniques?
Conditions like herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and certain tumors can be addressed using minimally invasive procedures.
What do neurologists treat?
Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles, such as migraines, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s.
When should I see a neurologist?
If you experience symptoms like severe headaches, unexplained dizziness, or difficulty moving any body part, a visit to a neurologist might be necessary.
What is orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgery deals with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, including joint replacements or repair of fractures.
How long is the recovery after orthopedic surgery?
Recovery varies depending on the surgery, but physical therapy and rehabilitation are often part of the post-operative plan.
What is a discectomy?
A discectomy is a surgery to remove herniated disc material that’s pressing on a nerve or the spinal cord.
How long is the recovery after a discectomy?
Most patients can return to regular activities within weeks, but full recovery might take several months.
What is spinal fusion?
Spinal fusion permanently connects two or more vertebrae to improve stability, correct deformity, or reduce pain.
What’s the recovery time for spinal fusion surgery?
Recovery can take several months, and physical therapy is usually recommended to regain strength and flexibility.
What does a pain management specialist do?
They diagnose and treat pain, using methods ranging from medications to therapies and procedures.
Are pain management plans customized for each patient?
Yes, each plan is tailored based on the patient’s specific pain type, cause, and individual needs.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
What is spinal cord stimulation?
It’s a therapy that uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain in the back, arms, or legs.
How is the spinal cord stimulator implanted?
It’s a minimally invasive procedure where a small device is placed beneath the skin, usually in the upper buttock or abdomen.