Conservative Treatment

Patients with spine-related problems require comprehensive care that considers all of the possibilities, variables, and provides a complete array of treatment options.

The symptoms and causes of spinal conditions vary and can be challenging to diagnose. Spinal osteoarthritis, spondylosis, vertebral compression fracture, spinal stenosis, and disc herniation are just some of the disorders that cause or contribute to back pain. Many of these structural problems are found on x-ray and in MRI studies of adult patients without symptoms and the frequency of such findings increases with age.

Neurosurgeons are the only specialists that are trained to treat the entire spine, from its bony components to the spinal cord and nerves, and have the expertise necessary to diagnose and treat all common and complex spinal disorders. Our skill and extensive experience in spine care have taught us that a thorough physical, neurological and diagnostic evaluation is vital.

BNA’s comprehensive treatment plan emphasizes non-operative management first to avoid or postpone surgery if possible. Nonsurgical conservative treatment usually includes analgesic agents, immobilization, cervical traction, physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections. We also believe an organized program of stretching, core muscle strengthening, and other therapies can lead to substantial improvement. When these do not work, interventional therapies could help to reduce inflammation and swelling of the nerves, leading to pain relief.

If conservative treatment is not effective, surgery is considered. Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates provides the most extensive range of surgical procedures and care in the region.