Edward Neurosciences Institute
If you suffer from any type of lower back pain, you're not alone. Four out of five adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, according to national statistics. Living with back or neck pain can be frustrating, especially when it interferes with such basic functions as sitting, standing, sleeping and walking, or becomes chronic or debilitating.
Through the resources of the Edward Neurosciences Institute, we'll get you the treatment options you need so you can get your life back.
What causes back or neck pain?
Whether you are a weekend warrior or you sit at a computer all day, there is a considerable amount of wear and tear that occurs on the back and spine. In most cases, people experience pain that is a result of a pulled or strained muscle. This type of pain typically resolves itself within a month or six weeks of the injury. In some cases, physical therapy might be needed and an anti-inflammatory medication can help.
With more awareness, improved ergonomics in the workplace, stronger abdominal muscles and less weight around the middle, we can strengthen our backs and prevent persistent problems.
What if the back or neck pain persists?
Persistent back pain lasting over six weeks can be due to a more serious condition and can be accompanied by leg pain and, sometimes, even weakness. Persistent back problems often require surgery.
Persistent back and leg pain can be caused by many different problems in the spine, but the most common causes include lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and spinal instability such as spondylolisthesis. In older patients, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and other degenerative conditions are more common.
What if I need surgery for my neck or back pain?
Most people are able to successfully treat their back problems without surgery. People who need surgery may rest assured that the surgeons on staff at the Edward Neurosciences Institute use the latest technology to provide the safest and most effective results.
Many new techniques, such as minimally-invasive and motion-preserving procedures, have been developed and are being used successfully with faster recovery time and less postoperative pain.
What can the physicians at the Neurosciences Institute do for my neck or back pain?
Our surgical expertise and quality of care is recognized – Edward is rated the most preferred hospital for surgery in the region. Edward Hospital has received Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for Spine Surgery. Joint Commission accredited organizations can earn certification for programs devoted to chronic diseases and conditions.
Edward's team of specially-trained neurosurgical nurses and highly-trained independent surgeons perform the following innovative neurological and spinal procedures:
- anterior cervical discectomy
- cervical laminectomy
- lumbar laminectomy
- microsurgery of the lumbar and cervical spine
- revision and reconstruction of the spine:
- anterior cervical fusion
- anterior lumbar spinal fusion
- thoracic fusion
- posterior lumbar fusion (traditional & minimally invasive)
- extreme lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF)
- transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
- XSTOP - interspinous process decompression
- ALIP - anterior lumbar interbody fusion
Our experts are by your side
The surgeons on staff at Edward Hospital have extensive training in all facets of spine disorders. They care for a high volume of surgical cases while maintaining unparalleled skills in the spinal procedures Edward offers. To make an appointment, call physician referral at 630-527-MDMD (6363).