Before considering spinal surgery, it’s important to exhaust less invasive treatment options. Most patients who have neck and back pain get better with conservative spinal care, which Kade Huntsman, MD, practicing in Salt Lake City, can help you with. Dr. Huntsman is a world-class orthopedic spine surgeon who works with selected experts in other fields to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan. Find the right approach for your back or neck problem by calling Dr. Huntsman today, or book an appointment online.
Conservative spinal care is typically the initial approach Dr.Huntsman takes in the treatment of back or neck pain.
Conservative approaches are those that are the least invasive. While advances in spinal surgery mean there are more minimally invasive techniques in use, and the process is safer and less risky than ever before, it still makes sense to use non-surgical methods wherever possible.
Dr. Huntsman offers and endorses a range of conservative treatments for spinal conditions. One of the most valuable is physical therapy, which can both improve function and prevent further damage. His practice works with many highly skilled physical therapists and can provide a recommendation, or you can choose your therapist.
Other conservative treatment approaches include:
Epidural steroid injections and selective nerve root blocks contain a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and a local anesthetic to numb pain. Dr. Huntsman works with trusted physicians who provide this service as part of an agreed treatment plan.
Regenerative medicine techniques such as stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy use potent cells taken from the body to trigger healing and tissue growth. They can be valuable for helping repair soft tissue damage and injuries even when other approaches haven’t worked.
Medication can also form part of a conservative treatment program. For instance, you might need to take pain-killing medicines in the early stages to enable you to carry out the exercises recommended by your physical therapist. However, medication isn’t a substitute for treating the cause of your pain, as it only masks the symptoms rather than healing your spine.
The first stage in creating a treatment plan is to evaluate your condition. Dr. Huntsman carries out a thorough physical examination to see where your pain is and how your condition is limiting your movement, discussing your current symptoms and how they developed.
He then orders the most appropriate diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, a CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan. Using the test results, the findings of his exam, and information from your medical history, Dr. Huntsman can put together a treatment plan personalized to your specific requirements.
Initially, treatments are likely to be conservative unless you have a condition that can’t be helped by noninvasive approaches and therefore requires surgery. As you progress with your treatments, you see Dr. Huntsman regularly to discuss how you’re getting on and make any adjustments to your treatment plan.
Most people who have back and neck problems recover well without needing to undergo surgery. Find out how you can reduce pain and increase mobility using conservative spinal care treatment approaches by calling Kade Huntsman, MD, today, or book an appointment online.