Unfortunately, back pain is very common, and approximately nine of ten adults experience some type of back pain in their lives. However, there are treatments available that could help you regain your function. Since every patient’s injury is unique, treatments will vary based on the cause and type of the injury.
Physical rehabilitation is one of the first treatments your primary care physician will suggest to help you with your back pain and increase function. Treatment will focus on decreasing pain using modalities such as heat/cold and specific exercises depending on your condition.
Are you experiencing spine pain or discomfort?
Contact the University of Louisville Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation office to find out how to get an appointment with our physical therapy specialists.
Call (502) 813-6200 to get on the road to fixing your spine pain!
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
When physical therapy or other treatments do not help cure back pains, surgery might be an option for some after a spine MRI test results in a conclusive reason for a person’s spine problems. The good news for surgical candidates is that many procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques at University of Louisville Hospital.
What does minimally invasive surgery mean?
Minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to traditional surgery and offers multiple benefits for patients, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Decreased scarring
- Reduced length of stay in hospital
- Reduced blood loss
- Faster return to normal activities/work (varies depending on your occupation)
Dr. Thomas Altstadt is a neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. He completed his medical degree, general surgery internship, neurological surgery residency and an additional postgraduate fellowship in complex spinal surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
Call today for an appointment with Dr. Altstadt: