NON-SURGICAL & DIAGNOSTIC
Chiropractic therapy or care is a conservative treatment approach used to treat a number of neck and back conditions. This non-surgical alternative is often recommended at the early onset of spinal conditions and associated symptoms. Generally, chiropractic care is used to perform spinal manipulation, attempting to alleviate condition-caused pressure and eliminate pain and symptoms.
Physical therapy is a mixture of exercise and physiology. Physical therapy is often recommended to patients with a new onset of a spinal condition or injury. Physical therapy for spinal conditions is generally focused on building support for the structures that compose the spine including the ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Medication therapy is a conservative treatment solution in which our skilled physicians utilize a variety of medications to help alleviate the pain and symptoms caused by the most common spine conditions.
Preventative and Therapeutic Stretches
Preventative and therapeutic stretches are generally used as a conservative treatment solution in which patients are recommended specific stretching and low-impact exercise programs to assist with the treatment of pain caused by common spine conditions.
Pain mapping is the term used to describe a series of tests used to strategically pinpoint a patient’s pain and underlying area of their condition. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, we utilize state of the art diagnostic tests during our pain mapping process in order to most effectively diagnose and treat our patients.
Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) is a state-of-the-art imaging technology that allows our skilled medical professionals to obtain a higher level of understanding surrounding the mechanics of your spine. This innovative technology allows our doctors to isolate areas of the spine during testing, identifying any area of instability with a greater level of accuracy than that of traditional imaging.
BACK & NECK PROCEDURES
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections are a commonly used treatment method to alleviate a variety of symptoms associated with the most common spine conditions. Epidural steroid injections or ESIs are used to treat inflammation of the nerves in the spine associated with neck and back conditions.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections are a conservative treatment option used to treat muscle pain through trigger points in the neck and back. During the procedure, the medical professional will locate the trigger point, generally a knot or tension point within the muscle, and inject a numbing medication or saline into the area, alleviating the pain and associated symptoms.
Medial Branch Block
A medial branch block is a procedure primarily used as a diagnostic test to assist in the diagnosis of facet joint-related conditions. During the procedure, a small amount of anesthetic is injected into the nerve connected to the impacted facet joint. If the patient experiences temporary relief, it is an indication that a more permanent treatment, such as radio frequency ablation, will be successful in providing long term relief.
A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure primarily used as a diagnostic test to assist in the diagnosis of facet joint-related conditions. However, the injection also serves to provide temporary relief from chronic neck or back pain.
Selective Nerve Route Block
A selective nerve root block (SNRB) is used primarily as a diagnostic tool to locate and isolate the exact level of a patient’s pain and symptoms. However, selective nerve root blocks may also be used as a therapeutic treatment option in some cases.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
A spinal cord stimulator trial is a treatment in which a specialized device that stimulates the spinal cord and spinal nerves by tiny electrical impulses via a small electrical wire placed behind and just outside the spinal cord in the epidural space is implanted under the skin using minimally invasive techniques. This device, during the trial period, is controlled and attached to a small generator that the patient carries.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery. During the procedure, we harvest the patient’s stem cells using tissue from their hip bone or fat cells. These cells are then groomed to isolate the specific cells that will assist in the healing of the associated tissue. Once the cells are prepared, our skilled surgeons will insert the cells into the damaged intervertebral disc via injection. This allows the new cells to stimulate the regeneration process.
Radio Frequency/Ablation/Rhizotomy/Facet ablation
A radio frequency facet ablation (or RFA) is a procedure commonly used to treat severe and chronic pain. During the procedure, an electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat a specific nerve, thereby eliminating pain signals from that specific area.
BACK & NECK SURGERIES
Minimally Invasive Posterior Facet Joint Fusion w/DTRAXS
The minimally invasive posterior facet joint fusion with DTRAX is an effective solution to cervical spinal decompression or stabilization. The DTRAX system is designed to increase foraminal spacing, which resulting in cervical nerve root decompression. It is also designed to provide a minimally invasive posterior stabilization of the cervical spine.
Anterior Cervical Disc Fusion
The anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is an effective alternative to the traditional cervical fusion, allowing the surgeon to remove a damaged or diseased disc while adding stability to the spine.
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
The artificial cervical disc replacement is a surgical procedure that allows our skilled surgeons to extract an unhealthy or damaged disc, utilizing an artificial replacement to heighten and decompress the area after extraction.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar laminectomy & discectomy
The minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy/discectomy is a decompression surgery used to treat a number of the most common spine conditions.
Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
The minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a surgical alternative to the traditional open back fusion, and can be used to treat a number of debilitating conditions and associated symptoms.
Minimally Invasive Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
The minimally invasive anterolateral lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a surgical alternative to the traditional open back fusion, and is performed through two small incisions.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interspinous Process Device Insertion
Our minimally invasive lumbar interspinous process device insertion is an effective alternative to traditional lumbar decompression surgeries, able to treat a number of common degenerative spine diseases.
Implantation of Internal Bone Simulator
Our implantation of internal bone simulation may performed using both the traditional open approach, or utilizing state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques.
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are two similar procedures used to treat spine fractures caused by osteoporosis. Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are performed to provide relief from back pain, while only kyphoplasty can help straighten the spine.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (SCS)
A spinal cord stimulator implant is a procedure in which a small device that stimulates the spinal cord and spinal nerves through tiny electrical impulses via a small electrical wire placed behind and outside the spinal cord in the epidural space is implanted under the skin using minimally invasive techniques. This device is controlled by a small wireless generator.