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.
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Up to 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and there are many factors that can contribute to the risk of developing it. While genetics will definitely play a role in conditions like scoliosis and degenerative disc disease, many lifestyle factors like poor physical fitness, being overweight or sedentary, and even dietary choices or smoking can lead to the onset of chronic back pain. The following are simple methods for maintaining a happy, healthy spine.
1. Start From the Ground Up
Whether the walk you’re taking is for a workout or is a means of transportation, wearing comfortable, supportive shoes will play an important role in the proper alignment of your lower back. “Feet are like the foundation of a building,” says David S. Wolf, DPM, a podiatrist and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “If the feet are mechanically unsound, they can change the alignment of all the structures above them.” Shoes like flats or flip flops do not provide a supportive base, and will contribute to impaired spine health.
2. Sit Less, Move More
Sitting is the new smoking, in terms of its health damaging effects, according to Dr. James Levine, M.D, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic. Not only are adults that sit for long periods of time at higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome, obesity, certain cancers and even death from cardiovascular disease, the prolonged “at rest” posture our spines assume most certainly results in increased back pain. The discs in your lower spine are under three times more pressure while sitting than standing, and our natural tendency to slouch and lean forward only exacerbates the fatigue and pain we experience. Getting up to stretch and walk around every half hour will move the spine and infuse it with healthy nutrients, helping alleviate pain.
3. Strong Core = Healthy Spine
Your core muscles consist of abdominal muscles and back muscles that support your torso. When they’re properly strengthened and supple, they act as a brace for your abdomen and spine, supporting and protecting it. Unfortunately, most of us are not using our core muscles often enough and that weakness leaves us prone to instability, injury and strain. Doing core specific exercises will reduce pain by relieving pressure and improve your spine health.
4. Practice Yoga
Yoga is a millennia old practice that incorporates strengthening, stretching and relaxation. It also improves posture, increases a sense of balance and alignment, and reduces tension in stress-carrying muscles. Yoga Asanas (poses) build strength in muscles groups that support the spine, limber up the muscles and tendons which may be straining joints and causing pain, and also work to develop awareness of the body and its limitations. Not only will yoga alleviate back pain by improving spine health and flexibility, it can act as a preventative measure, teaching practitioners what motions should be avoided for safety.
Has Back Pain Become Bothersome?
At Maine Spine & Nerve Institute, we have innovative treatment options including non-invasive spinal decompression to help people at any age find quick and long-term back pain relief and improved spine health. to explore your non-surgical options today!