Spine injuries and disorders are very prevalent and a common cause of pain, disability, and loss of productivity. One of the most challenging aspects of spine care is identifying appropriate candidates for surgery.
Recognizing that most spinal disorders (muscular, ligamentous, disc or nerve related) are best managed medically, there are many patients who are candidates for surgery as a means of relieving their symptoms and improving function and quality of life.
At the Specialist Referral Clinic great care is taken to identify those patients who would benefit from a surgical consultation, so as to avoid unnecessary time and expense. This is done by a careful review of the presenting symptoms and imaging, and if necessary a neurosurgical consultation prior to surgery.
Surgical treatment can provide relief of symptoms from cervical or lumbar disc herniation or spinal stenosis. Advanced microsurgical techniques allow for minimal access surgery, small incisions, minimal blood loss, and quicker recovery times.
If surgery is not recommended, other treatment modalities such as percutaneous pain control procedures (facet blocks, nerve root blocks, epidural steroid injections) can be arranged.
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