Are there any non-surgical alternatives to spinal surgery?

For most patients suffering from a spinal condition, non-surgical treatment is highly effective and, in fact, only a very small number will require a surgical procedure. Broadly, your treatment options are divided into three main approaches.

First, there is medical management of acute or chronic spinal pain through the use of pain medicine and anti-depressants. This is then often combined with steroid injections. The third approach covers non-medication and non-injection treatments and includes the use of physiotherapy, acupuncture and exercise to help alleviate and manage spinal pain.

Physiotherapy can have important benefits in treating acute and chronic spinal conditions. By improving muscle tone and strengthening the core muscles, in particular, the spinal column and abdomen are supported. Physiotherapy can be combined with massage, joint mobilisation, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and heat and cold treatments for optimal results.

Inflammation often lies at the root of many spinal conditions and steroids are a powerful anti-inflammatory. As a result, steroid injections into the joints and nerves are commonly prescribed and we often refer to Pain Management Consultants. These are typically trained anaesthetists who are highly experienced at injected into the spine and surrounding soft tissues.