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What You Need to Know About Spinal Diagnoses

Last updated 2 years ago

A spinal condition can cause significant ramifications on a person’s quality of life. From a herniated disc to osteoporosis to a spinal tumor, each can undermine an individual’s ability to be mobile and independent. However, neurosurgeons can provide cutting-edge treatment methods for many spine-related problems. No matter the severity of your concern, help is available in the great majority of cases.

Is your spinal diagnosis due to injury?

A spinal injury diagnosis encompasses several components. First, ask your neurosurgeon or spine specialist about the severity of your injury. Will treatment methods allow you to regain full function? Also, determine the factors that led to your injury. Was it due to a traumatic accident? Were you inadvertently engaging in behavior that led to the injury? Often, this is the issue when a patient sustains lower back pain. If your injury was incurred as a result of harmful repeated activity, your neurologists may advise a course of action wherein you no longer perform those tasks. In some cases, this may necessitate a change in your workplace environment.

Is your spinal diagnosis due to disease?

A spinal disease can have multiple consequences. In some cases of a spinal tumor diagnosis, the patient may undergo treatment without need for further action. However, some individuals may be diagnosed with a chronic or degenerative spinal condition that requires ongoing treatment. Rheumatoid arthritis constitutes one such spinal problem for which many patients may need continual medical care. Given the implications regarding an individual’s future quality of life, it is vital that you thoroughly discuss your medical options when diagnosed with a spinal disease.

Does your spinal diagnosis require neurosurgery?

Regardless of whether you receive a spinal injury or spinal disease diagnosis, you should carefully consider whether neurosurgery is an appropriate treatment option for your condition. Many neurosurgeons  employ a number of alternate medical care methods that do not require invasive neurosurgery. Before agreeing to surgery, consult with your physician about other potential treatment plans.

Illinois Neurological Institute provides comprehensive treatment for a wide range of spinal issues. To learn more about our services, including spine decompression and stroke treatment, please call our Rockford area facility at (815) 387-1717 or Peoria area facility at (309) 740-3766.

 

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