Alternatives to Spine Surgery

Alternatives to Spine Surgery

Hi I’m Dr Robert Watkins, IV. I understand that no one wants to undergo spine surgery. I see many patients every day that suffer from back and neck pain. The chronic pain effects every aspect of their life and prevents them from enjoying their life. While spine surgery may ultimately help people get out of pain, surgery is always the last resort. Depending on each individual patient’s problem, we use chiropractic , acupuncture, epidural injections, and physical therapy to try to avoid surgery. The mainstay of our nonoperative care is to decrease the patient’s pain and inflammation in order for the patient to be able to do spinal exercises. If the patient can increase their trunk muscles to work in a balanced and coordinated fashion then they can decrease the stress on their spine and decrease the pain. Modalities such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and spinal injections can help decrease the pain, so that the patient can do the exercises. The doctors of the Marina Spine Center can help guide you out of pain and back to your life.