Non-Surgical Spine Care
Spinal pain—from neck to low back pain—can be severely debilitating. In fact, low back pain is attributed to about 149 million workdays missed each year (3). Not only does this affect activities of daily living, but also often results in vast economic burdens due to expensive, invasive surgical procedures.
All treatments are dependent on the unique case of each patient.
Pacific Coast Sports Medicine goes beyond the traditional forms of treatment for spinal disorders and offers a wide array of therapies to prevent and treat spinal pain based on the varying complexities of each patient’s unique case. Due to the fact that not everyone responds to the same treatment, treatment is prescribed only after thorough diagnostic studies are completed, as needed, to precisely diagnose the exact cause of the pain. Being a clinic that specializes in Regenerative Orthopedics, we work to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes in order to more fully treat the injury, not simply mask the symptoms.
Less than 1% of patients with spinal pain require surgery, and as such, our practitioners believe that surgery is the last option.
Surgery, when applied to the spine or any area of the body, does not have any absolute guarantees of success. Unfortunately, spinal surgeries often result in the return of symptoms and have been associated with a high incidence of postoperative complications (5). In one retrospective study looking at the number of readmissions after spinal surgery over a two-year span, 90% of the readmissions were unplanned, 57% were required to return to the operating room, 32% were readmitted due to infection or concern of infection, and 15% were in need of surgical revisions (4).
Thankfully, non-surgical spinal care has been demonstrated to have promising, beneficial effects for patients with spinal pain. Most studies have demonstrated that long-term results of non-surgical treatment equal or surpass the results of spine surgery. For example, aquatic therapy has been shown to reduce pain and disability, as well as significantly improve body composition, fitness, and quality of life in patients with low back pain (1). Similarly, other forms of alternative medicine like acupuncture help to alleviate pain and decrease use of anti-inflammatories (2,6).
From core stabilization to stem cell therapy, the treatments and therapies at Pacific Coast Sports Medicine are safe and supported by research.
Since every patient does not respond identically to the same treatment, we offer numerous treatments and therapies that have been demonstrated to be effective in spinal pain alleviation and injury healing. Our experienced clinicians will prescribe what they believe will be the most effective treatment for your given condition. However, if you do not respond as expected, we have many other options to move on to without having to continue hoping the original prescription will suddenly produce a different response. In most cases a customized combination of therapies will be prescribed to address your particular needs. Below are the options we offer:
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Treatment
- Core Stabilization
- McKenzie Method
- Aquatic Therapy
- VAX-D Spinal Decompression
- Hako-Med Bioelectric Therapy
- EPAT Acoustic Wave Therapy
- Laser Therapy
- Neuromuscular Therapeutic Massage
- Personal Training
- bioDensity Osteogenesis
- Power Plate Whole Body Vibration
- Korebalance Balance Training
- Nutritional Therapy
- Ultimate Sweat Tourmaline Belts
- Custom Foot Orthotics
- Bauerfeind Braces
- Pillo1 Cervical Pillow
- Kinesio tape
- Epidural Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Facet and Nerve Root Blocks
- Sacroiliac Injections
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
- Stem Cell Therapy
Additionally, if patients ultimately require surgery, Pacific Coast Sports Medicine provides comprehensive rehabilitation services post-operatively to maximize healing and safely expedite the return to activities of daily living and the highest level of function desired and possible for each individual patient. With a comprehensive variety of treatment options, patients with spinal disorders can rest assured they will have a multitude of therapies available to heal and rehabilitate their spinal disorder to the best condition possible—usually without surgery.
- Baena-Beato et al. Aquatic therapy improves pain, disability, quality of life, body composition and fitness in sedentary adults with chronic low back pain. A controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2014;28(4):350-60.
- Hasewaga TM, Baptista AS, de Souza MC, Yoshizumi AM, Natour J. Acupuncture for acute non-specific low back pain: a randomised, controlled, double-blind, placebo trial. Acupunct Med. 2014;32(2):109-15.
- Licciardone JC, Kearns CM, Minotti DE. Outcomes of osteopathic manual treatment for chronic low back pain according to baseline pain severity: results from the OSTEOPATHIC trial. Man Ther. 2013; 18(6):533-40.
- McCormack et al. An analysis of causes of readmission after spine surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012;37(14):1260-6.
- Street et al. Morbidity and mortality of major adult spinal surgery. A prospective cohort analysis of 942 consecutive patients. Spine J. 2012;12(1):22-34.
- Xu et al. Acupuncture for chronic low back pain in long-tern follow-up: a meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials. Am J Chin Med. 2013;41(1):1-19.