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Treatments

  • Physical Therapy

    Back rehabilitation focuses on relieving pain and improving mobility. Treatment plans include exercise programs to improve range of motion, improve flexibility and mobility, increase muscle strength, and increase endurance.

  • Medication

    For less severe conditions, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium) can help relieve pain and decrease inflammation.

  • Heat and Cold Therapy 

    Alternating a heating pad and cold packs on the injured area can help decrease inflammation and loosen muscles.

  • Surgery

    Our expert team of spine surgeons is specialized in managing these problems with the full array of surgical techniques, including minimally invasive approaches when applicable.

    • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF): The XLIF is the process of accessing the intervertebral disc space and fusing the lumbar spine by approaching the spine through the side (lateral) instead of through the front (anterior) or back (posterior).
    • Laminectomy: A laminectomy is a surgery performed to relieve pressure or compression on a patient’s spinal cord or nerves. Experts at UHealth’s Spine Program remove the lamina, which is the bone on the back of your spine, in order to decompress your spine. This creates more space for your spinal cord and nerves. It is most commonly performed in the neck or lower back.  
    • Cervical Disc Replacement: Cervical disc replacement surgery is an option for patients with cervical disc herniations who have not responded to non-surgical treatment. In this minimally invasive procedure, an intervertebral disc is removed and an artificial disc is inserted between the two cervical vertebrae. The artificial device is used to preserve motion at the disc space.