North American Spine strongly believes that you shouldn’t wait for years in agony before doing something about any back pain that you have. They are known to be the only ones to knowledge who use the AccuraScope method. AccuraScope is a minimally invasive surgery that effectively treats lumbar, thoracic (the upper back) and cervical (or neck) pain. The lumbar involves the use of a small camera and other diagnostic tools, the thoracic involves use of an acupuncture-like needle and a laser and the cervical involves a range of treatments from x-rays to a surgical microscope. The thoracic is especially advantageous because it is also used to treat the discs on an individual basis.
Lower back pain can be a result of numerous things from unplanned weight loss to a history of cancer to neurological deficits. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is usually not recommended for the early stages without knowing the patient’s histories. This tends to increase your clinic bill and not do much for the pain.
Administration of elective injections are also usually not recommended unless it’s immediately harmful not to do administer it to the patient immediately. If the administration of the medication does not hit the exact spot, then its effectiveness is often decreased and results in additional needed care, which can be quite costly to the patient. In some cases, it could also result in a lawsuit.
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (a.k.a. rhBMP) is never recommended for spine fusion surgery in the neck. rhBMP is a technique that involves stimulating growth and repair of the bones. This has been known to lead to life-threatening complications and at best to difficulties in swallowing or airway pressures. This due to the tissues around the neck being one of the softest.
EMG’s (electromyographs) and NCS’s (nerve conduction studies) are never recommended to determine the cause of lumbar, cervical or thoractic pain. Both are actually measures for nerve and muscle-related issues rather than skeletal ones. However, they are sometimes recommended if the presence of a neurological injury or disorder is suspected.
This may surprise many but in cases of the pain being located in the lumbar area, bedrest is not recommended for more than 48 hours at a time. If anything, lying down horizontally beyond that time period can wear down the already-damaged muscles or discs and even destroy the lumbar. It’s usually best to just keep moving and to stay sitting up as best as you can.