Maine Spine & Nerve Institute - The Back and Neck Surgery Alternative
In the Portland area, patients seeking back pain and neuropathy relief have many healthcare options.
And from clinic to clinic, they're likely to encounter a diverse range of recommendations. For the same set of spine and nerve symptoms, some providers may prescribe pain medication, and others may recommend back or neck surgery. Lately, though, more and more providers are recommending that patients start with a non-invasive treatment approach.
At Maine Spine & Nerve Institute, we specialize in that approach.
We begin by diagnosing the origin of your pain, and then proceed to correct the underlying condition through non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
After a course of treatment here, many of our patients are able to avoid surgery and expensive, addictive prescriptions. And we've even been able to achieve success in patients who have gone through failed back surgery.
If you're struggling with spine and nerve symptoms, we'd love to see if we could help. The initial consultation is free, and you can request your appointment by filling out the form above on this page.
Health Care Articles
Back pain is one of the most common ailments plaguing Americans today. Reported instances of lower back pain are on the rise, and in the United States alone, over $50 billion is spent annually on back pain care.
Here are a few ways to reduce your back pain.
Up to 80% of Americans will suffer from a bout of back pain at some point in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association, and while we’ve all heard about lifting with the knees and standing up straight, reported instances of lower back pain are still on the rise, and it’s estimated that in the United States alone, over $50 billion is spent annually on back pain care. What are some simple methods you can use to avoid back pain?
It’s no secret that a sedentary lifestyle has detrimental effects on health, but the implications on back pain rates are startling. From poor muscle
Bend it Like Bikram
According to a meta-analysis published in The Clinical Journal of Pain, practicing yoga showed strong evidence of effectiveness in treating chronic back pain and is recommended as a method for treatment and pain prevention. Not only can a gentle yoga practice soften tight tissues that may pull on physical structures and cause pain, yoga can help build strength in the core which supports the back, and the meditation practices common at most reputable studios has been shown to help people reduce back pain by over 57% with mindful breathing and concentration alone.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to kick the habit, a study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping has shown that smokers are 3 times more likely to experience back pain than non-smokers. Not only does smoking lead to damage in structures in the back because of the vasoconstrictive effects of the nicotine, smoking actually increases brain activity that reduces resilience to chronic pain conditions. Breathe easier and with far less pain by seeking the support you need to put the pack down for good.
Bothered by Back Pain?
If you’ve made healthy lifestyle adjustments but are still suffering from pain in your neck or back, you’re not alone. Many of our patients have failed to resolve their pain with other treatments including medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, spine injections and surgery. We at Maine Spine and Nerve Institute help people avoid surgery, continuous spine injections and the use of pain medications. We are no stranger to chronic pain