Advanced Treatment for Back Pain in North Richland Hills
Back pain is the top reason for missed work days in the U.S., with some 40 percent of Americans experiencing some form on any given day. Although back pain is a normal part of the aging process, there is concern for any type of neurological changes, including weakness or shooting pain.
Back pain is not a diagnosis, but rather a symptom. The orthopedic specialists at Medical City North Hills are focused on finding the cause of back pain so they can create an effective, customized treatment plan for each patient. Fortunately, there are greater technologies available today to help diagnose and treat back and spine pain.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an excellent tool to pinpoint back and spine conditions quickly, including anything from a herniated disc to muscle issues or arthritis.
Surgery is actually not an option for most people as new technologies can otherwise help turn off the pain. Medical City North Hills orthopedic doctors are continuously on the leading edge of these new technologies and treatments and will always choose the least invasive options that meet patients’ needs.
Back pain that continues for four to six weeks after using anti-inflammatories and ice or pain that “shoots” or feels like “lightning bolts” is a good sign that’ it’s time to see a spine specialist.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Offering microscopic and minimally invasive spine surgeries, facet and epidural spine injections, and advanced digital X-rays.
We emphasize pre-operative preparation to ease patient anxiety about surgery. We provide pre-operative education on everything from physical therapy to what to expect each day while you recover in the hospital. Our Perioperative Educator is there with you every step of the way to answer your questions and make sure you feel comfortable.
After surgery, specialized nurses and therapists guide your recovery, encouraging the involvement of both you, the patient, and your family during your return to wellness. Our post-operative care follows high standards of quality and is tailored to your individual needs.
What to Expect
- Scheduling Surgery
Your doctor's office will schedule your surgery.
- Pick a Coach (friend or relative)
A coach can help you heal faster by providing support and encouragement that complements your treatment. This person should attend all preoperative visits, including your Surgery Education visit.
- Surgery Education Visit & Lab Work
Your visit will be held the Monday prior to surgery and will last one to two hours. Please bring all of your home medications with you to the appointment in a resealable plastic bag.
During your education visit you will:
- See medical equipment you will use during your stay
- Learn important information about your hospital stay, including
- Address pain control, dressing changes, and diet
- Receive a list of what to bring with you to your surgery
- Meet with a Respiratory Therapist and Physical Therapist
- Visit the Surgery Department for your preoperative education and
- Complete lab work
This is a great opportunity to ask questions and speak directly with our Perioperative Educator.Orthopedic Surgery Education