For individuals with spinal sports injuries, or any other type of injury for that matter, doctors will usually try non-invasive measures first. Only when it is an urgent situation or the person has not responded favorably to other treatments will surgery be considered.
Using minimally-invasive techniques to correct spinal sports injuries will almost always result in a speedier recovery with fewer complications than when highly invasive methods are used. The traditional method of conducting surgery of the spinal area is by open surgery. This means a long incision is made so the surgeon has plenty of room to work. The problem with this technique is that tissue that is not directly connected to that which is being repaired by the surgery must also be cut through. This causes additional discomfort and soreness and slows recovery time. In some cases, it can also create additional problems. Nerves and muscles that have been severed may not heal as thoroughly as one would like, and the presence of scar tissue could interfere with proper function or increase the level of discomfort.
Modern technology has developed to the point that many of the essential functions of surgery can be done without the need for a large incision. Smaller instruments can be used in place of a surgeon’s hands. The use of imaging equipment can give the doctor all the necessary visibility without the need to open the patient up so everything can be seen with the naked eye. These advances significantly reduce the level of invasion that is necessary for successful procedures to be performed.
Since methods that are less invasive can often be used to treat spinal sports injuries, there is less likelihood of additional pain originating from another source, such as from muscle tissue that was damaged from the incision. This is yet another benefit of using minimally-invasive techniques.
If you have suffered a spinal sports injury and are nervous about invasive surgery, be sure to ask our team at Innovative Spine about the non-invasive or minimally-invasive treatment methods that are available. Even if surgery is required, the techniques used are significantly less invasive than they used to be. It may well be that you can get relief from the pain of the injury without having to endure additional pain that was caused by the surgery.
Innovative Spine is located in San Antonio. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how your spinal sports injury can be corrected.