Constant neck and back pain may be related to problems with the spine. San Ramon Regional Medical Center offers advanced treatments to help patients find lasting relief from conditions ranging from lower back pain to spinal stenosis. Our doctors review
all back pain relief options from physical therapy to non-surgical or surgical procedures to help you find a way to restore quality of life.
Spine conditions occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) or lumbar (low back).
Non-Surgical Treatment for Back Pain
Often the first step in treating spine pain is to explore a range of non-surgical treatment options such as:
Pain Management – We offer several ways to manage pain, including biofeedback, medication, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and counseling.
Injections – Injections may offer temporary relief based on the type and location of the pain. We offer epidural steroid injections, cortisone steroid injections, facet joint injections and injections to the nerve root sacroiliac.
Physical Therapy – A physical therapist may help strengthen the muscles around the spine with passive and/or active treatments, stretching and exercises suggestions
for low impact and/or strengthening.
Surgical Services for Spine
If non-surgical options are not effective, some conditions may require surgery, and injuries may require surgery first. Other conditions that we treat with surgery include:
Myelopathy and Stenosis
Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal Cord Compression
San Ramon Regional Medical Center has board-certified spine surgeons that can help determine surgical treatment options for spine care. Surgical options may include:
Robotic-assisted Spine Surgery – The doctor performs the surgery using a robotic arm to guide the procedure. Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ is a sophisticated system that is designed to make spinal fusion safer and help with precise placement
of implants and hardware placement. Surgeons can pre-map their surgical approach to increase accuracy using navigation and 3D technology. The minimally invasive approach enables the surgeon to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather
than cutting through them. Benefits include smaller incisions, less tissue and muscle damage, and less pain, less blood loss and faster recovery. Learn more about Robotic Surgery at San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
Endoscopic Spine Surgery – Surgeons insert an endoscope through a small incision, which can help minimize the amount of tissue injury, trauma and post-operative pain.
Laminectomy/Discectomy – One way to remove a herniated disc is through a procedure in which part of the lamina is removed as well as a portion of a ligament. This procedure enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal
cord, sac of nerves or nerve roots.
Microdiscectomy – If a smaller injection is possible for treatment, the discectomy is called a microdiscectomy. Even small amounts of disc material that is out of place can put pressure on the spinal cord, sac of nerves or spinal
Spinal Fusion – Bone grafts, screws and rods may join two or more vertebra together to eliminate motion between the vertebra that causes pain.
Treatment of Spine Trauma – An accident or injury may require immediate surgery to repair damage to the spine including decompression and/or stabilization of the spine.
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury – Similar to trauma, surgeons specifically work on the spinal cord.
Hardware Revision – A previous spine procedure may require adjustment of hardware.
Regardless of your condition, the spine team at San Ramon Regional Medical Center has the experience and commitment to provide comprehensive and compassionate care.
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, gives clear, detailed pictures of soft tissue near bones, the cardiovascular system and other organs. Specifically for back pain, an MRI allows doctors to look deep inside the body without surgery and can assist in diagnosing herniated discs and nerve damage.
A myelogram is a type of x-ray that uses a dye or contrast material and a special machine called a fluoroscope that takes moving x-rays and displays them on a monitor. Myelograms detect many spinal ailments, including:
Herniated discs (spinal discs that stick out beyond their normal area) that press on nerves
Today, interventional radiologists offer a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment for spinal fractures. Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may help reduce or eliminate the pain associated with spinal fractures. This treatment helps stabilize spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis.
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