The Spine & Back Blog

Min Invasive Spine SurgeryMinimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is an excellent alternative to open spine surgery and often results in quicker recovery times. MISS utilizes significantly smaller incisions causing less harm to surrounding muscle and tissue.

MISS is often used to relieve pressure or stabilize the spine which can be helpful for some patients who suffer from conditions like bone spurs, scoliosis, spinal tumors, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and more.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that MISS can have the following benefits:

  • Reduced scarring from smaller skin incisions which lead to better cosmetic outcomes
  • Reduced blood loss from surgery
  • Reduced risk of muscle damage, since less or no cutting of the muscle is required
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery from surgery
  • Diminished reliance on pain medications after surgery

Your doctor will be able to guide you in determining whether or not minimally invasive spine surgery will be helpful for you. If you are suffering from back pain and would like to see a doctor, please call our office and schedule an appointment today: 704-864-5550

Spinal Fusion SurgerySpinal fusion surgery is a surgical procedure where two or more vertebrae are fused together in order to heal into a single bone. The process of a spinal fusion is designed to imitate the natural healing process of a broken bone. This procedure can be helpful in restoring mobility and providing stability for the spine while reducing one’s pain.

As the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states, “Spinal fusion eliminates motion between vertebrae. It also prevents the stretching of nerves and surrounding ligaments and muscles. It is an option when motion is the source of pain… The theory is if the painful vertebrae do not move, they should not hurt.” Spinal fusion surgery can be very beneficial to someone suffering from persistent back pain. Your doctor may recommend spinal fusion surgery to treat conditions such as: spinal deformities like scoliosis, spinal instability, herniated disc, etc.

Spinal fusion surgery is performed under general anesthesia and may require a hospital stay of two to three days while recovering. Additionally, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you reach a full recovery.

If you are suffering from neck or back pain and would like to see a doctor, please call us today to set up an appointment: (704)864-5550

Back Surgery RecoveryNearly 80% of Americans struggle with back pain at some point. Back pain can dramatically decrease one’s quality of life and sometimes back surgery is the only remaining option. But, fortunately, there are many efforts that can be made to reduce back pain and the likelihood of needing surgery.

Here are 6 simple tips for avoiding back surgery:

  1. Walking: Studies show the patients with back pain who consistently incorporate a 30-minute walk into their daily routine are able to reduce their back pain and discomfort. Walking and exercising consistently is important for long-term mobility especially for those who suffer from back pain.
  2. Yoga and Stretching: Yoga is a valuable exercise tool for increasing flexibility and soothing sore muscles. There are yoga classes designed specifically for individuals struggling with back pain. Explore yoga studios in your area to see if there are any beginner-level classes.
  3. Healthy Diet: A healthy diet that is rich in nutritious vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and healthy fats can reduce inflammation which can ease back pain. Avoid processed foods and foods that are high in sugar. Furthermore, a balanced diet will help to boost your energy which will improve your mobility and overall wellbeing!
  4. Weight Loss: Carrying excess weight puts pressure on your spine causing back pain. Shedding those extra pounds will work wonders to reduce your discomfort. Losing weight is a critical step in avoiding back surgery.
  5. Spinal Manipulation: As a surgery alternative, your doctor may recommend spinal manipulation therapies by visiting a physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc. Many studies indicate that spinal manipulation techniques can reduce back discomfort. Be sure to speak with your doctor before pursuing spinal manipulation.
  6. Over the Counter (OTC) Medication: Managing your discomfort through OTC medication can be a simple way to avoid back surgery if you have mild to moderate back pain. Ibuprofen and naproxen may be beneficial, but you should consult with your doctor before taking any medication.

If you are struggling with back pain, please call NSSC Spine Clinic: 704-864-5550

Carribean Healthcare Partners

CARE WITHOUT BORDERS

Caribbean Healthcare PartnersIn addition to his practice in Gastonia, NC, Dr. Hunter also sees patients and operates internationally. As a member of Caribbean Healthcare Partners' Medical and Clinical Research Advisory Board, Dr. Hunter is helping to develop a global specialist approach to minimally invasive spine care, while ensuring that Caribbean Healthcare Partners achieve their goal of becoming the world leader in regenerative medicine and individualized patient care. Caribbean Healthcare Partners is part of the rapidly growing medical tourism industry, providing patients with new opportunities to receive quality healthcare.

ABOUT CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE PARTNERS, LTD.

Carribean Healthcare Partners (Care Without Borders)Caribbean Healthcare Partners, Ltd. (CHP) was founded by entrepreneurs and leaders from the U.S. healthcare industry to make available leading-edge technologies, therapies, and surgical techniques from around the world in a state-of-the-art medical institute in the serene and tropical environment of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean.

Caribbean Healthcare Partners focuses on innovative technologies and therapies that enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, recovery faster, and perform at its best. With a strong adherence to best practices, proven innovation, and clinical outcomes, CHP's goal is to make available highly coveted procedures and therapies that have traditionally only been available to the elite athletes or wealthy individuals who could afford to fly to Europe or Asia to receive the type of care they desire. Through strategic partnerships with leading academic and research institutions, key thought leaders, emerging life science companies, and a strong adherence to evidence-based medicine, CHP is poised to set the standard as the premier off-shore destination for cutting-edge medical procedures and rehabilitative care in the western hemisphere.

Initial procedures will focus in the areas orthopedics (i.e. sports medicine, minimally invasive spine, joint replacement, soft tissue repair, arthritis, etc.), health and wellness, integrated medicine, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and regenerative medicine utilizing advanced technologies not available in the U.S. CHP's  global experts in sports medicine, spine, degenerative and autoimmune diseases, regenerative medicine, anti-aging, health and wellness help identify and clinically validate the most promising innovations around the world, which they then work diligently to make available for everyone.

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To find out more about Caribbean Healthcare Partners, Ltd. please click on the link: www.caribbeanhealthcarepartners.com